Automotive Service Technician Training Benefits Students and Employers by jasonw93


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									   Automotive Service Technician Training Benefits
              Students and Employers
Did you know that Centennial College offers an Automotive Service
Technician apprenticeship that not only benefits students but also their
employers? That’s because students are either employed or sponsored by
Canadian Tire stores and receive all the in-school training necessary for their
apprenticeship as an automotive service technician. “The benefits from an
employer’s standpoint are that all the classroom training is complete,” says
John Morin, Service Manager at Canadian Tire Store #182 of the Automotive
Serice Technician Training. “We have a technician who is far more advanced
in theory, more confident in his or her abilities and now just requires
practical experience. We are able to adapt out manpower situation where we
do not have a need to hire additional staff for an eight-week period (and
possibly have to lay them off when the student returns to work). We have
the benefit of having additional staff for the busy summer months and the
new hire can attend school in the fall. This gives us a crop of well-prepared
people     who   can    advance    quickly    to   a    licensed  technician.”

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits students of this offering gain. First
and foremost, applicants to the Automotive Service Technician
apprenticeship are required to present at minimum an Ontario Secondary
School Diploma or GED or equivalent. They should also be employed by a
Canadian Tire dealership and be able to legally work in Canada. If the
college determines there are additional seats available, additional applicants
are selected through an interview process during which they receive a letter
and questionnaire with instructions on how to request a program interview.
Admission is on a first come first served basis and applicants should return
their questionnaire promptly per the instructions. Students enrolled in a
Centennial College Modified Apprenticeship Program (MAP) are Registered
Apprentices, in accordance with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of
Training, Colleges and Universities.

Secondly, once accepted to the Automotive Service Technician
apprenticeship, students partake in 32 weeks of courses that are part of a
provincial automotive curriculum that satisfies the knowledge necessary to
become a licensed technician. Overall, this training is more in-depth and in-
school sessions are longer than that of traditional apprenticeships. Among
the topics covered are: drivetrain systems, electrical/electronic and emission
systems,     engine    systems,      work    practices     and     procedures,
suspension/steering and brake systems. To be prepared for Canadian Tire
employment, students of this Automotive Service Technician training
practice on a broad range of makes and models as well as generic tools and

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 416-289-5000, Email:                                   Page 1

Lastly, four weeks of on-the-job training through a work-week program
allows students to showcase their skills to employers. During the employer
sessions, students are compensated.

Upon completion of the Automotive Service Technician training, Centennial
College grads may be responsible for a variety of tasks including:
maintaining and repairing cars, vans and pickup trucks through fixing
engines, changing brakes, checking windshield wipers and fluid levels, and
replacing mufflers, hoses, belts and plugs.

                                                                               Author: Emma

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

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