Automotive Technology at Hennepin Tech

Automotive Technology at Hennepin Tech


the things that I’m learning now I’ve used every day at work every car is a puzzle it’s just up to you to figure out what’s wrong with it I have kids that I’m able to support doesn’t my education now do I get any kind of an amp reading when I’m on my three scale right now I teach automotive technology here at Hennepin Technical College automotive technology can span a lot of different industries I mean we have everywhere from fleet service managers to service advisers to automotive technicians to forklift technicians now a couple different things can happen with these manifolds we’re teaching the theory inside of the classroom and then we’re also teaching the hands-on skills in the shop so the hands-on skills to be able to diagnose electrical problems to be able to fix the suspension problems to be able to take the engines inside outside when you name it if it goes on a car we teach it they much prefer to say talk about a air conditioning compressor and then after we get done talking about the theory behind why an air conditioning compressor works but I’m they going to fly it on the actual car there’s a lot of these guys that cake automotive they took this class because they like to get their hands dirty they like to experience what they’re learning and I think Hennepin tech was a very good job of that for some reason cars and me plate together it’s like one language that we both understand I can only see an engine and then try to figure out what’s wrong with it and the thrill of figuring something out it’s a bigger reward than you know most people say it is I get along very well with instructors they’re very helpful their teaching style I think I learned a lot from the way he teaches is kind of like preparing us for the real world so right now he’s having us clock in and clock out yeah I don’t think any other program does that those threads on they do in a little bit our students that are currently enrolled in the program and every single one of them has a job at a shop a lot of them going to work at a job at night or its job in the evening can they talk about it hey you know we just talked about AC you know in the classroom and then all of a sudden hey I just did an AC job at my shop I’ve been able to apply everything that I’ve learned here at my current job it’s helped me to be a better automotive technician and it’s helped me to slow down and actually know what I’m doing but now I can apply what I learned here and make the shop a better place being that cars are always going to be around there’s always an we’ve jobs available for the automotive technician as long as they are hard worker and willing to get the job done from the shop that I worked at 60% of the employees are above 50 so within the next five to ten years they’re gonna retire that’s a lot of positions to fill I’m able to make a career out of doing this and I’m able to support my family and it’s something I plan to do for the in my life you


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