Centennial College: Automotive Service Technician – Apprenticeship Program

Centennial College: Automotive Service Technician – Apprenticeship Program


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James Irwin – Student: Several of the mechanics I work with actually graduated from Centennial
and have actually had a a lot of the same
teachers that I now have.
I was told that there’s just a
difference in how they
teach you and I found the Centennial
program was more structured
and that’s why I decided to come to Cetnennial, just looking for the better education.
Al Playter – Faculty: So, I’ll have students for fourteen weeks, then they will go
to another teacher, or another two teachers who will then give them two other disciplines.
And we will do that for all the level 1, for one year. Then the level two, then level three.
The idea being that they get basics of all operations of every part of the vehicle in level one.
Level two these are enhanced. Level three these are enhanced slightly more but the focus is on diagnostics.
Teg Spencer – Student: I’m day release, I work for a Volkswagen dealership.
Every Wednesday I come school the remainder of the week, I spend in the shop.
And for that day release, it offers serve a balance for a mature student may have family obligations.
And a side benefit is you actively get to apply what you’re learning on a regular basis. We have a few fuels lab
they allow us to do a lot of live on car testing. We also have a suspension, steering and brake lab and
that’s where we are able to disassemble the chassis of the vehicle, a brake system or suspension system
On some vehicles, they will actually put a fault into the vehicle, there will be something wrong with it
and we are sent in to diagnose and see what we can figure out based on what we’ve learned.
Implementing theory in a hands-on way and its more a controlled environment here.
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