Car Alignment uses Trigonometry – Automotive Technician | Online Math Toolkit for Ontario Students

Car Alignment uses Trigonometry – Automotive Technician | Online Math Toolkit for Ontario Students


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For me, I absolutely
love this trade in general.
My job in particular
I find very exciting
because technology is
consistently changing
on a day-to-day basis.
I’m an automotive
service technician.
On average here, we do a lot of
maintenance work,
so of course we do the brakes,
we do oil changes,
we do a lot of
fluid replacement,
and software updates are
now a huge part of what we do
because of the cars and all the
technology involved inside.
So the Bluetooth Phones,
the NAV, all this
– this is stuff that
consistently needs
to be upgraded and updated
with the latest and
greatest software.
Math is actually involved
in all aspects of life
if you think about it.
Most things that we encounter
involve numbers.
For my job, we use Ohm’s Law;
basically it’s to calculate
equations for
electrical circuits
because obviously there’s
lots of electricity in cars.
Another thing we use here
is trigonometry for alignments
and stuff like that.
There’s a lot of different
factors involved
to get a car to go
straight down the road.
I wouldn’t say math was my
favourite subject,
but I didn’t mind it
at the same time.
I wasn’t one
of those students that
would completely run
in the other direction
when faced with equations
because it is something
that we all benefit from doing
or at least
understanding basic math.
I didn’t know what I wanted
until my senior
year of high school.
Grade 12, second semester,
I had a teacher of mine – we
were very close
– present the “OYA”
program in front of me,
which was the Ontario Youth
Apprenticeship Program.
And when I thought about it,
I figured I’d have
nothing to lose
if I tried to go through
the program.
I did, and it was probably
the best decision I ever made
because I was earning
my Level 1 Automotive Credits
as well as earning my
high school credits to graduate,
at the same time.
If you know what you want,
just go after it.
There’s nothing wrong with
kind of testing the waters
in different areas
and seeing
what is right for you.
I encourage co-op; you
get to experience kind of
what you would be doing
in that specific workforce
and it definitely helps in
terms of trying to figure out
if that’s something
you want to do.
And math
– for sure, take it,
it may not be the
fun-est subject
but I definitely recommend
everyone take it
because you’d be surprised
how many different jobs
and how many, well, different
professions, I should say –
that you do need math.
Whether it’s basic or
complex, it doesn’t matter
– math is applied in all
aspects of our lives,
so it is definitely good
to understand.
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