Enter the Automotive Service Field as a Chrysler Technician in Just Two Years

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Have you always had an interest in fixing cars? Do the inner workings of a car fascinate you? Do you love cars such as the Dodge Challenger or the Chrysler 300? Do jobs like automotive service technician, service writer/advisor, service manager, instructor/professor and auto company representative sound like they may appeal to you? Have you completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent? If you answered yes to these questions, you may have what it takes to apply for the Chrysler Apprenticeship (officially known as Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship – Partnered with Chrysler Canada Inc.) at Centennial College.

Now is a great time to obtain Chrysler apprenticeship training as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job growth in Automotive Service Technology to grow by 14 percent from 2006 through 2016. When applying to Centennial College’s offering, please note that you may also be required to present a resume and transcript for faculty review. In addition, future Chrysler technicians may be required to fill out a questionnaire and attend an interview. Note that English proficiency and satisfactory results in a program admission session will also be considered during the admissions process.

Once students are accepted into the Chrysler Technician undertaking, they experience both in-school sessions and on the job training at a Chrysler dealership. This works by seeing students spend the first eight months of the program in school, eight months in co-op as a registered apprentice and a final eight months in school. Altering between on-campus and off-campus learning ensures that students are well prepared for the field and its challenges. By spending the first eight months at Ashtonbee Campus, the province’s largest transportation training centre, students are able to apply the skills they have learned during their employer session. By coming back to the school after their employer training is over, they are able to apply what they have learned in the field to the second portion of their program. It’s an ideal combination.

As part of the in-school curriculum, students train on automobile assemblies in fully-equipped campus automotive labs. They focus on Chrysler product component design and repair, as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. In addition, they take courses in automotive trade business, English and general education that will help prepare them for employment opportunities in a dealership administrative role. Specific courses included in the Chrysler apprenticeship, include: Work Place Practices & Procedures, Engine Systems, Drive Train Systems, Suspension/Steering & Brakes, Electrical/Electronics & Emissions, Occupational Health & Safety; College Communications; Autobody Estimating and more.

Once students graduate, they can take on a number of roles that include automotive service technician, service writer/advisor, service manager, instructor/professor and auto company representative. As a Chrysler technician duties include: diagnosing problems using Chrysler diagnostic equipment; performing repairs and preventive maintenance on engines, transmissions, electrical systems, brakes and tires.

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Emma offers an informative look at the Chrysler apprenticeship program offered through Centennial College. She notes how ideal the system of on-campus, on-the-job, on-campus training works.

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