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Ford Technician Training Gets Your Foot In The Automotive  Door

"Students learn a set of skills and theories at Centennial College. They then get a chance   to practice these tasks in the real environment," sums up Peter Lokun a professor in the   Ford   technician   training  program   at   Centennial   College.   Although   it   may   sound  simplistic, this combination of in­school sessions and time with an employer is designed to  ensure   that   students   are   ready   for   the   field   upon   graduation.   Officially   known   as   the  Automotive   Service   Technician   Ford   Company   of   Canada   Limited   Asset   (MAP   32)  Apprenticeship, this undertaking takes one year to complete and is conducted from the  province’s largest transportation training centre, Ashtonbee Campus. It is fully equipped  with real cars that have been donated to the school by Ford as well as all the latest tools  that students will find in the field upon graduation. The   Ford   technician   training   is   more   in­depth   than   a   traditional   apprenticeship.   This  ensures   that   students   become   experts   in   the   field   by   focusing   on   the   latest   Ford   technology   such   as:   electronics,   transmission,   engines,   air   conditioning,   supplemental  restraint systems and the diagnosing of vehicle management systems. In addition, the  program teaches Ford specialties that, in the past, students had to attend Ford school to  obtain. These specialties are: engines, electrical, brakes and climate control.  Every four weeks, students in the Ford technician training alternate between the College  and their employer for a total of 64 weeks (32 weeks with each). While with an employer   these future Ford technicians, work alongside professionals to gain additional knowledge  and apply what they have already learned. They also get to experience dealing with real   customers   and   become   familiar   with   situations   that   they   may   encounter   in   the   field.  Centennial   College   favors   an   earn­while­you­learn   approach   and   students   are  compensated   for   their   work.   In   addition,   students   may   be   eligible   for   employment  insurance during the in­class training.  Students who  are interested in  obtaining  Centennial  College’s Ford  technician  training  must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a General  Education Diploma or equivalent. A Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. Dealership must  also   employ   the   applicant.   Successful   applicants   must   obtain   an   employer   and   then  register as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training,  Colleges   and   Universities.   Acceptance   is   based   on   successful   completion   of   all   entry  Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca Page 1


requirements. Limited space is available in each program. Please note that candidates  may apply directly to Centennial College for this Ford technician training. In 2002, there were approximately 818,000 automotive service technicians employed in  positions in the United States alone. Duties of automotive service technicians include:  writing   vehicle   damage   repair   estimates,   repairing   broken   or   worn   mechanical  components, maintaining repair and service records, installing equipment, components  and systems, testing vehicles both before and after repair, and repairing electrical wiring,   circuits and fixtures.

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View Source:  Centennial College – Toronto Education, Toronto Degree

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca Page 2

Ford Technician Training Gets Your Foot In The Automotive Door  

In this article, the Ford technician training program from Centennial College is detailed. The undertaking, which takes one year to complete...

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