Community College Student finds Passion and Career Designing Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs)


An internship at Intimidator Inc. led to a full-time career for University of Arkansas Community College Batesville graduate Aaron Smith. Aaron, who is now a product developer for Intimidator’s UTV line, started with the company as an intern working on a project detailing computer-aided drawings according to his supervisor, Matt Foster, director of technology at Intimidator.

Matt teaches a class on 3D drafting and design for UACCB, and Aaron was one of his students. “Aaron was one of two students in that class that we offered internships to. In class, you could get a sense of his work ethic, but as he progressed through the internship, he continued to impress us with how hard he worked. He was hungry and interested, and that’s the type of person we are looking for. It was beneficial for both of us. Aaron is doing something he obviously loves to do and we added a good employee to our team,” Matt said.

Aaron originally started his college career in the pursuit of his welding certification. He earned both his Certificate of Proficiency and Technical Certificate in Welding. “I started out going to school for welding. When I took the CAD class, I loved it so much and it opened up the opportunity to have an internship,” Aaron said.

He continued his education and earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology. In his role at Intimidator, Aaron handles all aspects of product development from developing new models and pitching design ideas for product improvement.