Toyota Entry-Level Automotive Technician – Travis Blake is T-TEN Grad

Toyota Entry-Level Automotive Technician – Travis Blake is T-TEN Grad


So what are you working
on today, Travis?
I’m Travis Blake.
I’m a service technician for
Mossy Toyota in San Diego.
When I got my first car, my old
truck, I had an old ’88
Toyota pickup that like to break
down a lot, and I got
tired of paying someone
to fix it.
So I got interested in
working on that.
And I wanted more information
once I started working on it.
No one could provide
that to me.
And then I found out about the
T-TEN program, and I started
that, and liked all the
information that I was learning.
I realized that I could really
do this for a living, make a
career out of it.
The T-TEN program
that I started
was at Miramar College.
It’s a local community college
here in San Diego.
And they have an internship
program.
It’s an actual class that you
work at a dealership and you
gain experience.
So you’re getting experience in
the dealership, and you’re
also learning classroom
instruction, learning the
theory behind all of the
automotive principals that are
applied in the cars.
So you learn theory at night.
And then when you’re at work
you’re learning the actual
practical application
of the information
you learned in class.
If you don’t have a job yet it
makes it extremely much more
easy to find a job, especially
with Toyota,
through the T-TEN program.
But if you don’t have a job
and you just want to go to
school, you have a wealth of
knowledge that they’ve provide
with you, so that when you get
out of school you can have no
problem finding a job
after school.
After I got out of the T-TEN
program, and I was hired with
Toyota, some of my first
duties were doing minor
services such as oil changes
and tire rotations.
And then once I got put on a
team, I was able to advance
and constantly learn more, and
started replacing breaks, and
doing more major services,
and things like that.
And then I eventually got into
learning how to diagnose
problems with customer cars.
This is the new, brand new, TIS
techstream diagnostic tool.
It took the place of our old
scan tool, which was in use
for over 10 years.
Through the T-TEN program,
through the more advanced
classes they have, like
electrical mastery and
advanced fuel diagnosis, how
to use more advanced tools
like this to connect with the
vehicles, and to connect with
the computers and find out
what’s going on electrically,
the problems that we
might encounter.
Where I stand right now is if
you hand me a Toyota vehicle
with a problem there’s a 99.9%
chance that I’ll be able to
know what that problem
is and then fix it.
What I enjoy most about my job
is taking a car that’s not
running right, or that has
a problem– a customer’s
complaining about a problem with
their car– figuring out
if the problem is something
that we can fix, and then
finding out the solution to
that problem and then
basically satisfying the
customer, making someone happy
with their car again that was
unhappy to begin with, and
fixing the car right
the first time.
It’s the most satisfying
thing to me.
Working on my own car in my
driveway led me to choose this
as my career.
I haven’t even looked back.


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