ACOV Motive Power Technician.mp4

ACOV Motive Power Technician.mp4


Normally, you like cars, you want a car.
I’ve had a car since I’m 16, so
I was kind of always into it.
>>I didn’t know too much.
I was more like a backyard mechanic,
but whenever I went into the course,
I didn’t know too much, but
I actually learned a lot working here.
Like I know a lot of stuff now about cars.
>>Yeah, you put silicone, there’s a good
chance, If it’s the wrong silicon.
>>Be prepared to work hard.
There’s a lot to learn but
if you apply yourself,
there’s no reason why you
can’t do well in this.
>>What we are looking for
right now are technicians who
are gonna join our organization, and
not only are highly skilled, but
technicians that have the capacity and
the ability to learn about all
the new technology coming out.
>>You need to be serious
with academic skills.
You need to be proficient in math,
science, you have to understand
the philosophy of physics.
Today’s world is it’s a lot of
common sense, but then there’s a lot
of work where you read something,
you interpret something from a computer.
You have to apply it and
be able to do it with your hands.
So, it’s difficult.
I think it’s more difficult.
There’s many more different
types of cars now,
many more systems to monitor
the engine’s performance.
So, there’s a lot more involved.
The old day of taking a wrench and
tapping the carburetor is
kind of gone by the wayside.
Every mechanic carried a screwdriver and
did something and
everyone thought, that’s magic.
Well, today to get magic
requires a lot of training.
>>I went in, I didn’t have very much
actual experience in the actual trade.
A lot of my, I guess, experience, before
was mostly small engines at home but
I was always on like the speed channels,
watching engine builds and
everything like that.
That’s where I kinda got my knowledge,
I wasn’t very hands on but I got a lot of
good theory which level one is mostly
theory, so it helps getting through and
just chassis wise, I mean, knowing
parts even if you didn’t touch them.
I could still name some off and
everything, so that helps.
>>Well, you definitely,
you gotta know a little bit about cars.
Well here, it’s pretty down to earth.
You’re not actually putting stuff back on,
you’re just dismantling.
It’s a lot easier than
actually being a mechanic.
But, I actually learned a lot from coming
here cuz you learned how everything is put
together.
It’s not hard to put it back together
cuz you take everything off and
you do everything too.
I think this was actually, probably I
learned a lot more working here than
I probably I wouldn’t learn
work in a [UNKNOWN] actually.
>>There seems to be,
right now in the automotive industry,
a lack of well-trained technicians.
The technicians that are in
the automotive industry are older, and
there has been a lot of technicians at
this point taking a look at retirement.
And we have had a void in the industry
where, over the last five or
six years, we haven’t been
able to get new technicians.
Now with the program at Algonquin, not
only do we have an opportunity to come and
talk to them, we have an opportunity now
for them to come in on the Co-Op program,
which I should add is
a paid Co-Op program.
And, we really are getting to
see the technicians first hand.
The interaction again with Algonquin,
the program, the technicians,
and business owners has,
to say the least, been fantastic.
And we’re excited that there’s
another group this year,
I believe there’s 15
people in the program.
And, already we’re seeing
employers out there trying to get
an opportunity to have
them work in their field.
>>I started in
the automotive trade in 1971.
So, I 39 years experience at this point.
All of our instructors
are licensed mechanics.
They’ve all been in the field, and
working for various numbers of years,
I’m sure we’re well over 100
years if you put us all together.
So, a lot of experience,
a lot of hands on people.
So, it works out well because
they understand the importance of
being able to make the theory
work with the practical in that.
And so, that’s a big thing for
us to be able to make that connection
because there’s a lot to learn.
But when you can actually practice it in
here, we have a lot of simulators and
that type of thing.
And different types of projects that
we design so that they get a deeper
understanding of what’s going on here and
what’s going on in the trades.
>>It used to be that we didn’t really
need someone with the qualifications to
dismantle a vehicle.
But now, with all of the technology
that’s in it, it’s very difficult.
They need to know how to
unclip the wiring harnesses.
The number one and
number two seller that we have in our
industry are the engines and
transmissions.
They need to be able to inspect them,
test them,
dismantle them in a procedure where
the technician goes to reinstall it,
has all of the wires that are unclipped,
not cut.
The day of hack and chop system is gone.
It is definitely an industry.
And what I find really nice is we no
longer refer to them as grease monkeys.
I’ve always thought that was an insult.
These are technicians and
I’m very happy that the college diploma
is moving onto the level
that they are technicians.
>>I think the co-op program and
especially the working co-op program
where students are paid is
invaluable to the industry.
And, I think the partnerships that
Algonquin College here in Pembroke is
forming with the local businesses is
also gonna be a great step to not only
have trained people in the workplace, but
again, giving the employer an opportunity
to take a look first-hand
at the potential employee.
All that stuff, as I said earlier,
it’s been a great fit not only for
Murphy Ford in Pembroke but for
other automotive stores that
have taken part in the program.
>>It’s a heavy enough work load at times,
but
when you get through it gets
easier as everything’s related.
So as you learn just basic things,
the harder stuff becomes simpler
because you can relay it back.
It’s hard to sometimes start, especially
when some stuff you see is older, so
you almost have to go back in time
to catch up with the new stuff.
I mean, it’s hard to understand
a newer system if you
didn’t understand the previous one.
So, that’s one thing I find now, sometimes
I wish, a lot of guys that started from
the beginning they’ve seen
a lot of the trends so
it’s easy transition, but it’s possible.
I mean, if you want to, if you’re
really set on doing it you can easily,
every night I just go around on car
forums and stuff [INAUDIBLE] research.
I have a sports car that I like to
research parts for and stuff like that.
You gotta want to do it, really.
>>I don’t know, you learn a lot.
To me, if you actually like working
on cars it’s an easy trade.
If you know what you’re doing
it’s just like going to work and
having fun every day.
That’s what I like.
>>Go to a shop and
don’t look at that guy that just started,
look at the guy somewhere in the middle.
If you’re gonna emulate someone, you wanna
pick someone that’s a mover and a shaker.
You wanna look at that guy.
You wanna make yourself like that guy.
When you show up for the students
that are coming out of college,
make sure your resume’s done well,
make sure there is a phone number,
make sure we can get a hold of you and
be prepared to go to work.

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