Education Counts Michiana – Ivy Tech: Automotive Tech

Education Counts Michiana – Ivy Tech: Automotive Tech


Ivy Tech has been in the business of training students join the workforce for quite some time in their automotive technology department preparing students for an ever-changing career field is what they do best well it kind of depends on where they go to work at and what kind of work each place does most places are starting to see that instead of being like a transmission only shop they have found that they need to be more versatile in what they do because transmissions aren’t kind of the repair that they used to be where they last a lot longer in places that’s used to specialize in that are now going full-bore to do basically bumper-to-bumper repair under the hood and whatnot because they’re missing out on added things to do so they have broadened themselves and and start offering more services so the demand of people instead of being a specialist now needs to be somebody who can cover a broader range of repairs in their knowledge with more focus on hands-on learning than traditional lesson plans students are ready to meet the needs of future customers I think the biggest benefit is just you have to do it to learn like the first time I changed brake pads I was like I can’t do this I’ve made a mistake I’m not gonna keep being a mechanic this is scary and I did it a couple times and I realized they’re all really similar so the more you do it the faster you get at it and the more confident you are just going into a project not really knowing it but knowing you’ll be able to figure it out with the tools that the professor’s here equip us with there’s a such a demand for qualified educated people and the demand keeps getting stronger and stronger because of the technology involved in the automobile I mean the computer technology involved now there’s 15 20 25 computers all tied together and people need to know how to really be able to communicate all of these together to diagnose what’s wrong with the vehicle the the part replacement game doesn’t work anymore in these vehicles they’re much more sophisticated than that and we’ve had several vehicles where a computer update fixes a repair and not a part placement I think the biggest thing is just like I said the hands-on training because I’m doing the stuff here that I’m gonna have to do in a shop so when I go into a shop it’s not well you know the theory behind it but you don’t know actually how to do it I know how to do everything I’m learning all of this this material and I have great resources to pull from like Edie and Chris and all these different people so I’m learning what I need to know to do it properly and quickly in a shop it never stops and that’s that’s why it’s so important and there’s four people to be properly educated in this and that’s why the demand is so high for people who are qualified to work on these kind of vehicles they’re not gonna go away they’re here and they’re just getting more and more complex it’s the love of the craft that keeps these students working and learning a long time ago when I was oh third or fourth grade I had a youth pastor he was always fixing cars always good at that stuff so I started working with him my grandpa’s always loved fixing stuff he’s taught me a lot and through the years I’ve just realized that I love fixing things I love helping people in that way I’ve always had a desire to help people and this is a really concrete way of doing it because everybody needs their car fixed years ago we had a student who was studying at Notre Dame to either become a doctor or lawyer and he always had a passion for automobiles and repair and learning more about them and if you come to Ivy Tech on his own he registered here started going to school here and then went home one weekend and told his parents about it and they were a little distraught by it but he’s you know sat down with him and said this is really what I want to do and he worked at some machine shops in town he worked at a few other places and he is now working for Hawley performance parts which is a very prestigious job that he has and they deal with aftermarket high-performance parts and that’s where he’s at so it’s really a neat story that if your passions there nothing will stop you to get there


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