Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Complete Toyota Technician Training From The Province's Largest Transportation Training Centre

"What happens at Centennial College is once you're signed up as an apprentice in the automotive program, you are then selected to go to school where you have the option of attending different programs [such as the dealer-specific Toyota technician training] or the general automotive programs," sums up student Ryan about his Centennial College experience. "What we learn is different vehicle systems, such as electrical, body electrical, engine, transmission, steering, front-end, all the things that would allow your Toyota to be serviced by qualified a Toyota technician."

Ryan makes some very important points about this program, officially known as the Automotive Service Technician Toyota (MAP 32). Let's further expand on the information he has offered. First and foremost, students who specialize in Toyota training go on to work at the world's largest automobile maker by sales and production as Toyota is always looking for new service technicians who are specifically trained and knowledgeable in its vehicles. Upon graduation, Toyota technicians work at dealerships or other related workplaces, diagnosing problems using Toyota diagnostic equipment and performing repairs and preventive maintenance on engines, transmissions, electrical systems, brakes and tires. Technicians also conduct vehicle inspections. With so many opportunities, the outlook for the industry is promising.

Furthermore, during their time with Centennial College's Toyota technician training, they obtain the ideal balance between hands-on training and academic learning by alternating between in-school sessions and time with an employer for 64 weeks. During the in-school sessions, students may be eligible for Employment Insurance. Meanwhile, during their times with an employer, they are compensated for their work.

The Toyota technician training places the focus on electronics and diagnosing of computerized control systems. But students do also obtain knowledge of all aspects of vehicle technology, as this Toyota technician training is more in-depth with longer in-school sessions than traditional apprenticeships. In addition, they are exposed to different vehicle systems such as electrical, body electrical, engine, transmission, steering, front-end, and all other aspects that would allow a Toyota vehicle to be serviced.

Meanwhile, when they are with their Toyota employer, students encounter real life experiences that allow them to learn good customer service and communication skills. The time-with-an-employer part of the Toyota technician training also allows students to apply what they have learned and gain new knowledge from the professionals with whom they are working.

As with any college program, there is an application process to obtaining one of the limited spots within the Automotive Service Technician Toyota (MAP 32) modified apprenticeship offering. Students must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a GED or equivalent. They must also be employed by a Toyota dealership or be selected through an interview process. Candidates may apply directly to Centennial College, with successful applicants obtaining an employer and registering as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Centennial College: Toyota Canada - T-DAP - Program

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