Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Honda Technician Training Serves As Important Apprenticeship Step

Honda technician training at Centennial College is actually an apprenticeship known officially as Automotive Service Technician Honda AHAP MAP 32. An apprentice, according to the Ministry of Training, College and Universities, is “someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers. Apprentices also complete classroom instruction as a part of their training. … Becoming an apprentice can be an important first step to learning new skills and building a rewarding career.”

As such, Centennial College’s Honda technician training consists of four eight-week blocks of in-school sessions, during which students alternate between in-class sessions and apprenticeship work terms at their Acura/Honda dealer, for a total of 64 weeks. This serves the students well as they are able to learn a number of skills, apply them to real life situations and then return to Centennial College to learn more advanced skills. 

Thanks to this alternating format, students of the Honda technician training obtain knowledge that is more in-depth and offers longer school sessions than that of traditional apprenticeship programs. The Honda technician training includes the traditional apprenticeship curriculum (electrical, body electrical, engine, transmission, steering, front-end, and all other aspects that would allow a Honda vehicle to be serviced) as well as additional training on Acura/Honda product description, operation, diagnostics and repair. Students’ training on Acura/Honda products and over 100 on-line Honda training modules makes them productive immediately.

Among the specific courses within the Honda technician training are: Applied Work Practices and Procedures, Motor Vehicle Engine Systems, Steering, Suspension and Brakes; Electrical Electronics and Fuels, Motor Vehicle Gear Trains, and more.

All topics are delivered on Acura/Honda vehicles and components in fully-equipped automotive labs, giving the students and their employers an extra edge. These automotive labs are housed within Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus, which is actually the largest transportation training centre in the province.

Some students within the GM technician training at Centennial College may be eligible for Employment Insurance during the in-class training. Apprentices are currently eligible for up to $4000 in various grants and tax incentives. Meanwhile, employers are eligible for up to $45,000 over four years in various federal and provincial tax incentives.

Applicants to the Honda technician training are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a GED or equivalent. They are also required to be employed by a Honda 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. The application for the Automotive Service Technician Honda MAP 32 program can be completed online.

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