Ian Van Scoyk, a graduate of WyoTech-Laramie in October 2012, was hired as a full-time member of the build team on “Overhaulin”, the popular performance car build show on the Velocity Network.
The Long Beach resident graduated at the top of his class with a diploma in automotive and motorsports chassis fabrication, according to a WyoTech press release.
“WyoTech taught me everything that I needed to land a job,” Van Scoyk said. “Knowledge of the entire car building process such as welding, chassis design, engine building and especially fabrication. And they also taught me to give 100 percent and work hard. Without the right attitude, I couldn’t have kept up with the talented ‘Overhaulin” team.”
Van Scoyk and three other WyoTech graduates were initially selected to appear as participants on the show. “Overhaulin'” features a team of skilled auto mechanics who “overhaul” a deserving person’s vehicle without their knowledge in a short period of time.
Van Scoyk’s performance was so impressive that he was hired full-time after just one episode, which involved the transformation of a 1967 Mustang for a Chino, Calif. resident.
“Ian had perfect attendance and worked hard during his time here at Laramie,” said Guy Warpness, president of the WyoTech-Laramie. “His desire to do the job right the first time, his attitude and his dedication made him the perfect candidate for the project. We had a lot of talented graduates to choose from, but Ian stood out as one of the best.”
A native of Orange, Calif., Van Scoyk became interested in cars at a young age and remembers his father and grandfather working on cars in the family’s garage. His “do-it-yourself attitude” inspired him to work on a 1952 Chevy pickup that was given to him as a gift when he turned 16. After high school, Van Scoyk worked in an off-road shop, where he continued to hone his skills on rock crawlers and four-wheel drive projects.