Stay current with automotive technology

By: DavidPage

Stay abreast of automotive technology

Pat Johnson of Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), which works primarily with high school students interested in becoming automotive technicians, states that technicians need postsecondary education – including programs from manufacturers.

Your responsibility as an automotive technician is to keep your knowledge current and skills refined. Doing so will make you more marketable. These tips can help ensure that you remain abreast of the most recent innovations in this sector.

There’s a path to success.

Many automotive technicians already employed in the field find that their employers provide them with the best opportunity to develop their skills. Successful shop managers encourage employees to take classes for professional development and usually cover some or all costs associated with such pursuits.

Paul Egan is a shop foreman at Gallagher Buick-Pontiac-GMC in New Britain, Connecticut. “We begin training with computer lessons,” he explains. “Then we move onto satellite instruction which is two way with an instructor.” Afterward, hands-on experience follows – essential in today’s field. This type of education cannot be undervalued.”

Opportunities in the Workplace

Your location of employment and career will influence your opportunities for advanced training. If you work at a truck or new-car dealer franchise, factory training programs should be accessible. These classes may take place at the dealership or nearby facility; occasionally, you may need to travel or spend additional time away from home. It is important that you make every effort possible to attend these training programs if possible; not only will this improve your skills but it also shows that you are interested in progressing; rarely are inept or motivated employees promoted.

Independent repair shops may be able to provide training to their employees. Many automakers offer after-market training programs in different regions, so for more information about local programs available near you, reach out to your local dealer association.

Train Yourself

Training can often be found from parts suppliers and manufacturers of automotive test equipment, regardless of if you work for a dealership or not. To accommodate work schedules, these programs tend to run on weekends and evenings. Local vocational schools should have programs with a wider curriculum; alternatively, private educational establishments are available in many areas that provide this type of instruction as well.

Learn more about the Program

Training programs offered outside the shop can range significantly in quality and scope. Before enrolling in any such class, make sure that the scope has been verified by an organization such as Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, along with making sure the diploma/certificate produced by this program is recognized by both your current and potential employers.

Web Learning

Distance-learning or web-based training may be an option if traditional options aren’t feasible for you. Many of these courses are excellent and accredited, allowing you to work at your leisure. Proctored testing may be required for certification purposes – typically required by employers. To maximize value from these courses, look for programs that combine theoretical study with practical application.

Additional Benefit

When seeking a job in the automotive industry, don’t just ask about pay, hours and insurance – ask about training programs as well. One thing is certain in this field: change is constant – and that means staying informed is your biggest asset. So don’t delay! Ask now about becoming one of our talented recruits!

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