Monday, September 21, 2009

Motorcycle and Power Sports Program

This year marks the 11th graduation of students from the Motorcycle and Power sports Program. The program was designed based on an Industry Survey that asked employers what skills a technician would need to be successful in the power sports business.

The survey told us that a varied background in all aspects from Small Engines, Snowmobiles, Personal Watercraft and Motorcycles was required. The program was designed with all these subjects in place. What also would be required was support from the manufacturers in the form of technical information as well as current units for the students to work/learn on. They came through in spades! Our labs are known affectionately as “Toyland”.

Our program is the only one of its kind in Ontario. Graduates of the program are employed at Cycle Salvage yards, Multi-Line Dealerships as well as in Manufacturers Service Departments. Our Program recently held a Skills Competition. 28 students attempted the theory portion, with 12 students moving on to the hands-on portion in our Lab.

There were four components to the lab, Parts Identification, Precision Measuring, Electrical Circuits as well as an On the Bike Diagnosis. The scores were fairly close with the winner being Ben Swanson. Ted Devries and Peter Chlorakos rounded out the top three. Prizes for the Competition were supplied by Yamaha Motor Canada, Snap-On Tools and Matco Tools Barrie.

A total of $ 1700 in prizes was donated! Job Opportunities for our graduates are coming in from Sudbury, North Bay, Bradford, Newmarket, Fort MacMurray AB, as well as the GTA. Visit us to find more college programs, college courses about Toronto degree.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

High School Students Shine at The AutoShow

Two student teams from Northview Heights Secondary School in North York and a team from Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute beat out 16 other Toronto-area high school teams to win, place and show in a unique skills competition that tested students' automotive technical knowledge.

Kevin Birchall and Eric Salb performed a number of timed technical tasks and attempted to start a 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College. The Canadian International AutoShow hosted the competition on Feb. 11. By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April.

In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Birchall and Salb collected a trophy and equipment from sponsors. Northview Heights was also represented by Brandon Muff and Vali Ion, who finished second. Toronto's Danforth Tech finished third, thanks to the efforts of students Jordan Ho and Tauriq Shaikh.

Both schools were big winners, too. Their auto tech classes will take delivery of a General Motors vehicle, which will be used for technical training. General Motors of Canada donated two brand-new vehicles as prizes.

This was the 10th year for the contest, organized by Centennial's School of Transportation, which promotes automotive technology as a rewarding career path. Last year's winners, Janos Mann and Julien Predas from Central Technical School, went on to beat all of the American schools at the New York competition and took home $250,000 in prizes and scholarship money!

Despite the economic downturn, the Toronto skills contest continues to enjoy outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include: TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, General Motors Canada, Volkswagen Canada, Snap-On/Sun Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, PartSource, Ryder Truck, Thomson Nelson, Pearson Education, AutoKnowledge, TecMate and Centennial College.

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