Instructor Bob Kaiser discusses student traits that predict a student's success in his program, and what to expect in this high-demand field.
Automotive technology prepares the students to understand, diagnose, and repair the systems on automobiles. If they come into the lab, and they just work on structured repairs, then they get out and then they find employment. It's not going to be as close a environment. What they experience here is going to help prepare them for what they're gonna see when they transition into the workforce. We'll start out with steering and suspension, inspections, front end alignments, that type of thing, and move on to brakes. And each area that we teach in coincides with a automotive service excellence test. And then the student has the ability to go on and take that test, and possibly leave here with Master Certification in the ASE. We need automotive technicians because of the ever changing automotive industry. They're continually changing drive systems. In the last three years, I've seen five different transmissions just in one manufacturer. Automobiles have evolved, actually quite rapidly. But if you go back to like the 60s and 70s, when you open a hood, there was a lot of room underneath there. You needed maybe a flathead screwdriver and a half inch wrench to do most of the repairs on the vehicle. Now, you have added electronics, miles and miles of wire circuitry, special connectors and fuel injection, turbo chargers. It's just constantly evolving and constantly changing. So to stay up with this, you need the training to at least get you started in the field in the proper place. There's many employment opportunities that would be available with this training. There are many, many dealerships and private garages that are looking for people right now. I get calls every day from people asking if I have anybody that may be available for a job. I get all kinds of different characteristics in here I, you know. Students who just love automobiles, students who love the way they're engineered, the idea of being able to take something apart and put it back together, make it work. That type of thing is just many characteristics that a student can possess that will make them want to be successful in this program.
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