Ford Technician Training Prepares You For Automotive Service Industry

A Ford Technician who obtains training at Centennial College’s Automotive Service Technician Ford Company of Canada Limited Asset (MAP 32) may find work at a dealership for this successful company. Just how successful? Well, Ford is the second-largest U.S.-based automaker and the fifth largest in the world based on 2010 vehicle sales. Ford is also the eighth-ranked overall American-based company in the 2010 Fortune 500 list, based on global revenues in 2009 of $118.3 billion. In 2008, Ford produced 5.532 million automobiles and employed about 213,000 employees at around 90 plants and facilities worldwide.

At Centennial College’s Ford Technician training, students learn to maintain and repair cars, vans and pickup trucks by fixing engines, changing brakes, checking windshield wipers and fluid levels, and replacing mufflers, hoses, belts and plugs. This is achieved through 32 weeks of on-campus training and 32 weeks of on-the-job experience that students spend with their employer. As such, students of Ford technician training alternate between the two every four weeks in a structure that allows them to learn skills and concepts, apply them to the real world and come back prepared for the next level of topic difficulty.

The on-campus aspect of Ford Technician training is facilitated from Ashtonbee Campus, the largest transportation training centre in the province. This gives students the advantage of not only studying on actual Ford models and using tools of the trade but also being led by instructors who are professionals and have all worked in the automotive service field. During this time, training is focused on electronics, transmission, engines, air conditioning, supplemental restraint systems and the diagnosing of vehicle management systems. Additionally, students learn other Ford specialties that, in the past, they had to attend Ford school to learn. These specialties are: engines, electrical, brakes and climate control.

Meanwhile, on-the-job aspects of the Ford Technician training give students a great idea of what they can expect to encounter in the field — including customers from all walks of life and a variety of situations. Applicants to Centennial College’ Ford Technician training must possess 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 them. 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 requirements. Limited space is available in this Ford technician training program. Please note that candidates may apply directly to Centennial College. It is also worth noting that students may be eligible for employment insurance during the in-class training.

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