Monday, September 6, 2010

Discover Automotive Service Opportunities with the Canadian Tire Modified Apprenticeship

If you have an interest in the automobile industry, specifically the automotive service technician field, and you want to work in a Canadian company that is progressive and has many opportunities across the country, there is a program just for you. Centennial College’s Automotive Service Technician Canadian Tire Modified Apprenticeship is designed to be product-generic and cover a broad-range of makes and models from the automotive industry.

To apply for the one-year program, students 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 or selected through an interview process. For this modified apprenticeship, candidates may apply directly to Centennial College. As space in the program 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. For complete information on registration check out the School of Transportation’s Automotive Service Technician Canadian Tire Modified Apprenticeship page.

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will find that training is more in-depth and in-school sessions are longer than traditional apprenticeships. This creates the opportunity to obtain more in-depth knowledge. You will be learning from a very focused province-wide curriculum that satisfies the knowledge necessary to become a licensed technician. Because the program is product-generic and covers a broad-range of makes and models from the automotive industry, you’ll be employable in a variety of dealerships. For the in-school portion of the program, Canadian Tire supplies the tools and equipment with which you will be training. This specific program feature ensures that you are familiar with the tools of this particular company, as the hands-on part of the Automotive Service Technician Canadian Tire Modified Apprenticeship takes place at a Canadian Tire dealer. Working along side automotive service professionals, you will learn the ins and outs of the company and be compensated for your time.

Once you have successfully completed the program, you will be employable as an automotive service technician in a Canadian Tire dealer, or other car dealership. At your place of employment, you will maintain and repairs cars, vans and pickup trucks. This is done by fixing engines, changing brakes, checking windshield wipers and fluid levels and replacing mufflers, hoses, belts and plugs. Essentially, if a repair is needed, it’s up to automotive service technicians to find a way to get it done.

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