Chrysler Apprenticeship Offers High Level of Training

By: Marcus

Did you know that the unique Centennial College Chrysler apprenticeship, partnered with Chrysler Canada, provides the highest level of apprenticeship technical training this school offers? With the added value of a college diploma, students are provided with a path to a rewarding career as top technicians, service managers, instructors, manufacturer representatives and more.

But how does Centennial College prepare students for jobs as Chrysler technicians where they will be responsible for 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 as well as repairing electrical wiring, circuits and fixtures? First and foremost, training is unique in that students attend both in-school sessions and on the job training at a Chrysler dealership. As such, 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.

During their in-school Chrysler apprenticeship training, students are based at Ashtonbee Campus. Not only is this location fully equipped with the latest tools of the trade, automobile assemblies as well as donated Chrysler cars, it is also the largest transportation training facility in the province of Ontario. During their time on campus, students learn all about Chrysler product component design and repair, as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. With electronic systems and computers being integrated into running vehicles, Chrysler technicians also obtain knowledge of new vehicle technologies. As such, they take Chrysler technician courses such as: Work Place Practices & Procedures, Engine Systems, Drive Train Systems, Suspension/Steering & Brakes, Electrical/Electronics & Emissions, Occupational Health & Safety; College Communications; Autobody Estimating and more. In addition, students partake in courses that cover topics such as automotive trade business, English and general education in order to help prepare them for employment opportunities in a dealership administrative role.

After eight months, students partake in a paid Chrysler technician co-op placement at a Chrysler Canada Inc. dealership. During this time, they apply what they have learned, network with seasoned professionals and prepare for more advanced training upon their return to Centennial College’s campus for the last eight months of their Chrysler apprenticeship.

Applicants are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent, you may apply to Centennial College’s Chrysler Apprenticeship (officially known as Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship – Partnered with Chrysler Canada Inc). During the application process, students may be required to present a resume and transcript for faculty review. In addition, future Chrysler technicians may be asked to fill out a questionnaire and attend an interview. English proficiency and satisfactory results in a program admission session will also be considered during the admissions process.

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting job growth in Automotive Service Technology to grow by 14 percent from 2006 through 2016, now is a great time to consider partaking in a Chrysler apprenticeship.

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Successful Chrysler apprenticeship students earn an Ontario College diploma, and complete their entire Ontario apprenticeship in-school curriculum within two years.

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