Choosing a career is something many young people struggle with when they finally graduate and begin looking at opportunities for employment and a lifelong path in the working world.
Examining your personal strengths and abilities and channeling that and your interests towards a goal is a good start.
Fines Ford Lincoln in Bolton offers high school graduates the chance to enter the automotive industry by gaining valuable on the job experience in their Service department and sponsorship to the exclusive Automotive Service Technician Ford Asset program.
The program is a joint venture between Ford Canada and Centennial College in Scarborough and is only available to Apprentices employed by a Ford dealer. It offers a combination of classroom instruction and actual on-site training over a period of 16 months with a special emphasis on working with Ford & Lincoln vehicles.
With only 20-23 students per session, students learn about Ford’s latest technology and gain hands-on experience in the classroom that supports the challenges they’ll face in the dealership.
Upon graduating from the Ford Asset Program, students will write the Certificate of Qualification to obtain a 310S Automotive Service Technician license and can officially commence a challenging & rewarding career as a Licensed Technician!
Not everyone is cut out for a career as an automotive technician, however some people have personal traits that naturally steer them towards this option.
A person who is adept at fixing things, has a strong curiosity for knowing how things work, enjoys working with their hands, and takes a methodical approach all provide a good foundation to build upon.
“This program is one of the things we do as a dealership and Ford does as a manufacturer to encourage people to get into the automotive technician field,” explained Fines Ford Lincoln General Manager, Carlos Martins. “The dealership sponsors the student and Ford and Centennial work together on what the curriculum is. The actual schooling is four weeks at the school and four weeks at the dealership and this continues for 16 months. Cars last longer than they used to and new cars have technology that require specialized training and education to repair. The role of an automotive technician has evolved and in order to do that role successfully you need specialized training.”
When considering a career as an automotive technician, Fines Ford Lincoln Shop Manager, James Tilley, said some people have a natural inclination for this field of work.
“The term most people use is ‘mechanically inclined,” Mr. Tilley said. “It comes from a natural curiosity to find out how things work. That really is the profile of a person we would look for to join us as an apprentice. The goal of every technician is to fix the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible and there is satisfaction that comes with that. They take pride in figuring out the problems and learning from that so the next time they are even better prepared. We’re confident that with the right person, we can guide them through their Apprenticeship.”
Apprentice Technician, TJ Anderson, will be commencing the Ford Asset Program in winter 2020 after working at Fines Ford Lincoln since September 2018. “Working at Fines Ford Lincoln has helped me learn so much about the trade. The shop is a very supportive environment,” TJ said.
Vikram Bhogal is an Apprentice Technician at Fines Ford Lincoln that was hired by the dealership immediately after graduating high school. Vikram commenced the Ford Asset Program in February 2019 and is enjoying his experience at the dealership and in school as he works toward becoming a Licensed Technician.
“I decided to work towards becoming a Licensed Technician because I really like working on cars. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I resolve a customer’s concern,” Vikram explained of his experience learning the trade. “I’ve enjoyed the experience of going to school and applying what I learn in the classroom to real world situations at Fines Ford Lincoln.”
Fines Ford Lincoln’s Human Resources Manager, Katie Fines, said they welcome meeting candidates who are interested in a career in the trade. “There is a high demand for Automotive Technicians. You’re investing in an education that will lead to a job,” Mrs. Fines explained. “Many individuals we’ve hired took shop class in high school. It was their favourite class and it reinforced to them that becoming a Technician was their career goal. Their work experience may be limited at that stage in their life, but through the interview process, they demonstrated their problem solving skills, ability to learn & retain new information and determination to become a Licensed Technician. Once they have worked for us for approximately 6 months and demonstrated a strong work-ethic and the ability to improve with coaching from our Shop Manager, we take the next step in sponsoring them in the Ford Asset Program. The Program is training you on the Ford product, so when you’re in school you’re learning about the same product that you are exposed to in our shop.”
Mrs. Fines said the dealership is always interested in meeting people who have an interest in the automotive industry and learning more about becoming a Technician. She stressed that at Fines Ford Lincoln, they don’t simply file a submitted resumé in a pile, they take note of every applicant who shows an interest in the trade.
“Individuals who are interested should write a resumé and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org,” she said, adding that they take every applicant seriously. “Having an organized resume is the first step and making yourself available for a phone interview is a must.”
To learn more about Fines Ford Lincoln and the Automotive Service Technician Ford Asset Program, you can visit the dealership at 10 Simona Dr, in Bolton, visit on-line at www.finesford.ca, or e-mail at email@example.com.
Written by Brian Lockhart