Automotive Service Technician Program at Vancouver Island University

Automotive Service Technician Program at Vancouver Island University


since mass production of the Ford model-t began back in the early 1900s there has been one job in the trades that promises to survive almost any turn in the economy the automotive mechanic the automotive industry has been around for decades and it will be around for decades and the promise of good job openings to come makes opportunities such as the automotive service technician foundation program at Vancouver Island University really stand out there is a lot of trained technicians out there who are probably around my age in the baby boomer age and they are going to be slowly feeding out of the system all these technicians that are there will have to be replaced we offer a 10-month foundation program which runs from September until June we also do all four years of our apprenticeship program here as well this is a shop at the Nanaimo campus at viu and if it looks like it’s running like a typical automotive shop well that’s what they’re intending so we’re bringing in cars the same way a softwood having actual appointments customers real problems are being dealt with it brings real-world problems that the students wouldn’t necessarily see if they were working on shop props things such as C’s bolts parts that just do not come apart as they would on a shop prop they also learn very good diagnostic skills and critical thinking skills while they’re working on these vehicles on that’s doesn’t retouch the customers complain Tyrod the young technicians and apprentices determine what’s wrong with the cars and they are having to then do the repair on this car and that real-world experience gives students a bit of a hand up in the job market of course many of the students here have some backyard experience that has ignited their passion for mechanics I’ve always enjoyed wrenching on whatever lawn mowers water pumps old cars and trucks I’ve had and it’s been a passion of mine ever since a kid working on engines and just diagnosing them is kind of it’s kind of fascinating I’ve learned quite a bit already and I can’t wait to apply it to daily life and a job this successful viu program expands beyond Nanaimo – there is also a program and shop that runs in Powell River when a student learns something new they never knew before you can see their eyes light up a little bit they get involved they really enjoy the program and it’s exciting for me to see that most definitely challenging and fun every vehicle the new story it’s a different different way to look at it any year any model we’ve been coming in coming and going it’s a good way to get the hands-on general knowledge of everything that that’s out there right now it teaches you a lot about how to overcome the complications of a used car students leave this program with a lot of confidence and a lot of job skills because of that we’re seeing a lot of our students gain employment before the program is even over that’s largely due to the recognized professionalism that students are gaining through the automotive program before Roger worked here at viu he managed a professional dealership in town and saw directly the quality of training in students I felt a real benefit to the shop to be able to come to the University here and then give us students that they felt were appropriate for our song so the students have a good idea when they go out into the working world what’s what is lego there and what’s expected of them from the owners of these shops many of the live cars that students are working on here come from staff and fellow viu students but the public is invited to have their service and repair work done here as well it’s for customers bringing our vehicles to viu number one would be the experience that the students are getting that’s a huge benefit for our program the other would be cost we’re substantially less expensive than most shops that would reflect because of the time that it takes us to fix the vehicle if you can afford to leave your vehicle for an extended time and wish to bring it to the Vancouver Island University automotive shop call Roger at to 507 406 453 and to learn more about the program itself visit the web in Nanaimo I’m Derrick Johnstone


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