Motive Power Technician – Service and Management program: 1946 Jeep Willy project – Durham College

Motive Power Technician – Service and Management program: 1946 Jeep Willy project – Durham College


The jeep project came about because we were
invited to the auto show in Toronto, and we
wanted to do something that really highlights
what we do at the college, and really shows the student’s initiative.
The jeep project really enhances the student’s
learning.
As they were learning certain aspects of the
automotive theory class, and in the shop class
they were able to transfer that knowledge
over as well as transfer the skills that they
learned to help put this vehicle together.
I learned a lot. It made it really easy for
me to take what was in the textbook, and what
we learned in class and move it to actual
hands-on, and be able to grasp what I’m really doing.
Working on the jeep was like getting the theory-theory
knowledge from the class and directly performing
the knowledge onto the car.
I learned kind of where cars started off from,
and then you get to see in the program where
they are now.
This year’s post-secondary students started
to build the jeep as an extra-circular activity
outside of their regular classes.
Next year in 2016 we’re going to introduce
building kit-cars and this going to be part
of their core curriculum where the students
will be able to build this car from the ground
up, and it’s going to be incorporated into
the curriculum, so when they’re in a particular
module such as engines, they’ll be building
the engines for the car.
When they’re involved with the steering, suspension,
and brakes component of the curriculum they’ll
be actually working on the vehicle installing
steering, suspension and brakes.
This really helps the student gain a deeper
knowledge of how the automobile works, and
it really fosters a good learning environment
because at the end of it they see something
that, you know, came from a box of parts into
a full-fledged vehicle.
I do think that it’ll be a excellent opportunity
to work on it.
It will just give you a definite hands-on
experience on how to build a car, how it works.
I suggest that coming to Durham College to
work on it because it’s going to be excellent.
I think it’s a really good idea. It stands
out compared to what the rest of Canada has
for a program.
The students we find so far working on this
extra curricular activity, such as the jeep,
are really excited about it and it really
engages them.
Through the use of these kit-cars at Durham,
we’re going to eventually have them every
year’s intake build a separate car.
At the end of it, these vehicles are going
to be raffled off to the public.
The money is going to be re-introduced into the
program to help buy supplies and other things,
so part of the money can go back to the students
coming into the program.


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