IAM CREST and District 15 are collaborating with auto dealers,various trucking companies, technical schools and the New Jersey State Department of Labor on a plan to train the automotive and diesel technicians of the future.
The Apprenticeship Program
The Apprenticeship program begins upon graduation from high school.
Apprentices start off at a training wage with benefits after the initial waiting period. Trained technicians with experience earn $27.50 per hour or more!
The On-The-Job-Training is paid and the training is free (as opposed to more than $25,000/year at some private technical schools.
Automotive and Diesel Technicians are in demand.
With an estimated need for 60,000 new auto technicians each year over the next few years, the United States Department of Labor ranks auto technicians as one of the top ten high growth jobs for the future.
There are over one dozen on board computers in even today’s “economy class” car.
Today’s auto techs just don’t fix cars. and trucks; they diagnose the problem and make the repair.
The Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifies auto technicians. To become a “master mechanic” a technician must pass 8 ASE tests.
Trained technicians can earn $60,000 to $100,000 or more per year.
The classroom training is provided to the apprentice designated technical schools. On the job training consists of the apprenticeship being mentored by a trained auto or diesel technician. Training includes:
1. Shop safety, emphasizing personal equipment, and chemical safety, touching on material safety data sheets and how too interpret them.
2. Customer service and how the technician’s image, professionalism, and communication skills enhance customer service and the image of the company.
3. Company inspection processes and guidelines. Motorist Assurance Standards and reporting procedures will be discussed and evaluated. Brake and tire inspections, general maintenance and service to all vehicles will be examined, determining what repairs are required and the proper methods for general maintenance service.
4. Technical training covering basic electrical theory and testing, batter, starting and charging system diagnosis, and replacement, servicing, and wheel alignment will allow student to diagnose and repair under-car chassis problems. Fundamental A/C heating theory and servicing will allow basic A/C heating repairs as well as an understanding for refrigerant. Engine performance will go over tune-up and maintenance requirements, scanners, and OBD II systems with the ability to test and diagnose drivability complaints.
In all technical training, applied math will be covered as necessary.
All class sessions will be supplemented with on the job training as part of the forty-hour work week.
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