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					       Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship
          Designed for Canadian Tire Apprentices

If you are currently employed at Canadian Tire, which boasts 487 stores across
Canada and is the country’s biggest retailer, but want to advance your career,
you should consider attending Centennial College’s Automotive Service
Technician training. Sponsored by Canadian Tire, it is designed for those
currently employed at the store who wish to become automotive service
technicians responsible for maintaining and repairing cars, vans and pickup
trucks by fixing engines, changing brakes, checking windshield wipers and fluid
levels, and replacing mufflers, hoses, belts and plugs.

Aside from being employed by a Canadian Tire, applicants must have completed
at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or GED or equivalent. If they
are not employed at Canadian Tire, they may be selected through an interview
process. For this modified apprenticeship, candidates may apply directly to
Centennial College. As space in the undertaking is limited, acceptance is based
on successful completion of all entry requirements. Successful applicants must
obtain an employer and then register as a MAP apprentice with the
Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Once accepted into the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship,
students spend time at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus (the largest
transportation training centre in Ontario) and at their Canadian Tire employer.
The structure sees students training on campus for 32 weeks and applying what
they have learned on-the-job for four weeks. As such, the 32 weeks of the
Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship spent on campus are filled with a
combination of theoretical lectures and practical application. Overall, this
training is more in-depth and in-school sessions are longer than that of
traditional apprenticeships. Students partake in five particular courses
(Drivetrian Sytems, Electrical/Electronic & Emmission Systems, Engine Systems,
Work Practices and Procedures, Suspension/Steering and Brake System) that
are part of a provincial automotive curriculum and satisfy the knowledge
necessary to become a licensed technician.

With over 190 Canadian Tire stores in Ontario, there is a high placement rate
for candidates of the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship. As such,
once they have finished their on-campus courses, students head into the
workplace for an on-the-job experience. This is their chance to apply what they




Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca                                   Page 1
have learned during their in-school sessions, gain new knowledge and get to
know the procedures of the company. During the employer sessions, students
are compensated. It is worth noting that employers also benefit from the
Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship (or Automotive Service Technician
Canadian Tire MAP 32 as it is officially known). “The benefits from an
employer’s standpoint are that all the classroom training is complete,” says John
Morin, a service manager at Canadian Tire of the Automotive Service Technician
training at Centennial College. “We have a technician who is far more advanced
in theory, more confident in his or her abilities and now just requires practical
experience.”


                                                                                  Author: Klaudia




Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca                                   Page 2

				
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