Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Chrysler Apprenticeship Allows for Multiple Career Options

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting job growth in Automotive Service Technology to grow by 14 percent from 2006 through 2016, now is a great time to consider taking a Chrysler apprenticeship if you have an interest in fixing cars. Automotive service technicians who work for Chrysler are responsible for writing vehicle damage repair estimates, repairing broken or worn mechanical components, maintaining repair and service records, installing equipment, components and systems; testing vehicles both before and after repair as well as repairing electrical wiring, circuits and fixtures. With electronic systems and computers being integrated into running vehicles, Chrysler technicians must also have an increasingly broad knowledge of new vehicle technologies. In addition, those who attend a Chrysler apprenticeship may become service writer/advisors, service managers, instructor/professors and auto company representatives.

If you have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent, you may apply to Centennial College’s Chrysler Apprenticeship (officially known as Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship – Partnered with Chrysler Canada Inc). When applying, please note that you may also be required to present a resume and transcript for faculty review. In addition, futures Chrysler technicians may be required to fill out a questionnaire and attend an interview. English proficiency and satisfactory results in a program admission session will also be considered during the admissions process. This offering, of which Chrysler Canada Inc. is a valuable partner, is designed prepare you for an exciting future as a skilled professional in the transportation field, one of Canada’s largest industries.

Those accepted to the Chrysler Technician undertaking attend both in-school sessions and on the job training at a Chrysler dealership. As such, students spend the first eight months of the program in school, eight months in co-op as a registered apprentice and a final eight months in school.

By spending the first eight months at Ashtonbee Campus, the province’s largest transportation training centre, students are able to apply the skills they have learned during their employer session. During this time, students focus on Chrysler product component design and repair, as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. In addition, they take courses in automotive trade business, English and general educations that will help prepare them for employment opportunities in a dealership administrative role. Specific courses included in the Chrysler apprenticeship, include: Work Place Practices & Procedures, Engine Systems, Drive Train Systems, Suspension/Steering & Brakes, Electrical/Electronics & Emissions, Occupational Health & Safety; College Communications; Auto body Estimating and more. Lastly, as Ashtonbee Campus is fully equipped, it allows Chrysler apprenticesip students train on automobile assemblies in fully equipped campus automotive labs.

They also gain on-the-job experience in a paid Chrysler technician co-op placement at a Chrysler Canada Inc. dealership. By coming back to the school after their employer training is over, they are able to apply what they have learned in the field to the second portion of their program. It’s an ideal combination.

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