Monday, August 12, 2013

Chrysler Technician Training Offers Diploma and Apprenticeship Experience

If you are already working in a Chrysler dealership and want to advance your career within the organization, the Chrysler apprenticeship at Centennial College (officially known as Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship) will give you the know-how to do just that. Applicants are also required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or General Educational Development or equivalent as well as English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (or be willing to take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission); and Mathematics Grade 11 C, M or U or equivalent, or skills assessment (or be willing to take the Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission. Finally, applicants may be required to submit a resume and questionnaire that describes experience and aptitude, and attend an interview (by invite only, based on resume and questionnaire) with faculty/potential employer.

Once they are accepted, students study the ins and outs of becoming a Chrysler technician for two years in a unique program that provides the highest level of apprenticeship technical training Centennial College offers, with the added value of a college diploma. This is achieved through a format that sees students spend the first eight months of the Chrysler Technician offering in school, eight months at a co-op work placement with a Chrysler dealer as a registered apprentice and a final eight months in school.

As such, the first eight months are spent on Chrysler product component design and repair, as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. Additional technical training includes Chrysler factory training, advanced diagnostics and hybrid/alternate fuels training. In addition, students of this Chrysler apprenticeship partake in on-campus courses that cover the automotive trade business, English and general education that will help prepare them for employment opportunities in a dealership administrative role. In many of their Chrysler apprenticeship courses, students have the opportunity to train on automobile assemblies using tools of the trade in fully-equipped campus automotive labs, as Ashtonbee is Canada’s largest transportation training centre.

Once the Chrysler Technician student’s transition to their apprenticeship, they have skills needed to contribute to the workplace while learning new skills that will allow them to take more advanced courses once they return to Ashtonbee Campus.

Please note that apprentices are currently eligible for up to $4,000 in various grants and tax incentives. Employers, meanwhile, are eligible for up to $45,000 over four years in various federal and provincial tax incentives.

Upon Chrysler apprenticeship graduation, students are prepared for roles such as: automotive service technicians, service writers/advisors, service managers, instructors/professors and auto company representatives. Basic duties of a Chrysler technician include: diagnosing problems using Chrysler diagnostic equipment; performing repairs and preventive maintenance on engines, transmissions, electrical systems, brakes and tires.

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