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First Rate Facilities Equal First Rate Auto Mechanic Training

9 OCT 2012
Career Path : Automotive

There are some significant differences in getting an education to prepare yourself for a real-world career as opposed to a more academic-style education. Perhaps this is best defined as the difference between pure education and educational training. With the exception of becoming a university professor, most pure academic education does not directly convert the student into a professional in the same was as technical training does. Whether you’re in culinary school learning over a hot stove or carpentry school studying with a buzz saw, what sets technical training apart is the emphasis on good facilities to learn the trade.

If you are set on a career as an auto mechanic and working on cars and trucks, then choosing a school with excellent facilities should be one of your primary determining factors. Especially today, as the rate of engine technology rapidly increases, it is crucial for a future mechanic to get an education with the latest technology. Whether dealing with electric hybrid gars or alternative fuel sources in newer cars, or digital and wireless analysis equipment in the garage, obtaining an early mastery of practical equipment is a guaranteed way to land that first job.

One could easily expect a serious automotive education to keep plenty of cars and engines on hand to train with. But automotive training should also have some of the latest equipment for locating problems and fixing them. Here are several modern tools used in today’s top mechanic stations and schools:

Brake Lathes

Brakes often need to be repaired or changed due to a chipping or other forms of wearing down of the brake disk. A brake lathe is a machine used to remove thin layer from the outer-most layer of the break disk, giving the layer a renewed smoothness and uniformity.

Chassis Dynamometer

Dynamometers are measuring devices used for engine power and torque. They can identify problems related to horsepower, overheating, and speedometer inaccuracies. They work by mounting the car on the device and letting it drive in place, while analyzing the engine-to-power performance.

Wireless Wheel Alignment Analyzers

Wheel alignment is key to ensuring the long-term functionality of a car’s suspension, as well as preserving the integrity of the tires. Wireless analyzers have the advantage of spatial flexibility, allowing the automotive technician to perform measurements from multiple angles.

Between precise equipment like the brake lathe, heavy machinery like the chassis dynamometer, and wireless tools like the wheel alignment analyzer, the range of facilities at the disposal of the auto mechanic industry is always demanding of better-trained students. No matter if you want to work at a licensed dealership or open up your own private garage, the more background you have with such equipment, the grater your prospects will be as a professional.

Visit the Canadian Automotive & Trucking Institute to learn more about automotive service technician opportunities.