Friday, October 22, 2010

Enroll in Full-fledged Automotive Service Technician Training at Centennial College

The demand for Automotive Service Technician is steadily increasing due to the popularity of vehicles. Many families own up to three vehicles, which are bound to break down, require maintenance or some other type of service at some point. In fact, the transportation industry is one of Canada’s largest, which creates many opportunities for aspiring automotive professionals. That’s where highly trained Service Technicians come in. To be completely capable of handling the intricate systems of today’s cars, those interested in this field must first acquire in-depth knowledge before starting their careers.

At Centennial College, students prepare for the challenges and rewards of a career in Automotive Service with guidance and support from experienced faculty and a solid curriculum. The school offers a variety of transportation education programs. One of those choices is the Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship, partnered with the Toronto Automobile Dealers’ Association (T.A.D.A.). The in-school sessions of the two-year (six semester) program are facilitated by the School of Transportation at Ashtonbee Campus. This Centennial College Campus actually houses the largest automotive training centre in the province and contains all of the equipment and tools that students will eventually use in the workforce. Faculty members who lead the program are well versed in the automotive industry, as they have years of experience in the field. With their expertise, students can rest assured that they are receiving a well-rounded and up-to-date education. For the in-school sessions, students are provided with training on automobile assemblies in fully-equipped automotive labs. They also receive an advanced education in electrical and electronics diagnosis. Besides learning about the engines, break systems, air conditioning units and much more, students are also enrolled in business, English and general education courses. These topics help students to master the administrative side of the industry and find employment in administrative roles.

The other part of the Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship is the on-the-job training. During this time, students spend eight months experiencing real life situations at T.A.D.A dealerships. The practical experience allows students to work with professionals in the field as well as observe and participate as they deal with a wide range of customers and car problems. This portion of the Centennial College training is paid, as the program takes an earn-as-you-learn approach. Upon completion of the in-school and on-the-job sessions, students graduate with an Ontario College Diploma and employable skills.

Applicants to the Automotive Service Technician (T.A.D.A) program, must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent. English proficiency, the completion of a program questionnaire and a successful program admission session will be considered in the admissions process. Lastly, a resume review may be required. Centennial College’s exclusive avant-garde program is a combination of in-school theory, lab experience and apprenticeship training. By the completion of the program, you will know the ins and outs of being an Automotive Service Tech.

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