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Get a Great Start in the Automotive Industry with Pickens' Automotive Technology Course

The Automotive Technology course at Pickens Technical College has always been geared toward giving students the most relevant skills in the automotive industry. The goal of the Automotive Technology course at PTC, taught by two industry veterans, Rolf Werner and Ed Martin, who combine for 73 years of experience in the automotive industry, teaches students the skills needed for entry into the booming automotive servicing industry. Not only will you leave this class knowing how to fix a car, you’ll also know how to get a job in the industry after you graduate.

PTC and the Automotive Technology class keeps its students up-to-date with the latest tools and technology car care. Martin himself uses daily broadcast videos from Automotive News to keep his students up-to-date on the latest automotive trends. Both Martin and Werner go through a minimum of 20 hours of industry-related training every year to stay abreast of the latest technology in this sector.

Students have the opportunity to earn several Industry Based Certifications (IBC’s), including Snap-on certification in the areas of Scan Tool Diagnostics, Digital Multi-meters, and Torque Certifications. Vehicle Lift Certification and SP/2 safety training certifications all give students an advantage when applying for work in the industry.

The Automotive department also has a partnership with Subaru of North America that allows their students access to level one and two web-based training courses. Subaru has also provided vehicles and diagnostic equipment to the Automotive Technology department so students can practice and hone their skills.

According to Martin, the class is all about keeping up with the rapidly-changing automotive industry. He says his department is “test driving” several state-of-the-art textbooks to find the best possible fit for his students. “We tend to look at companies that have strong web-based platforms to support their textbooks.” Martin and Werner have also been approached by Fiat/Chrysler to operate a program similar to the Subaru program already in use in their classroom. They already use online resource Electude, which provides an interactive automotive training resource for their students.

As for jobs for students after taking his class, Martin says that his students “gain employment in dealerships, independent shops, fleet shops, specialty shops and auto parts stores. We always have more jobs available than students to fill the positions.” Those are encouraging words, indeed for job prospects.

If you dream of working on cars and helping people drive safely, the Automotive Technology department at PTC is for you. Instructors Martin and Werner create opportunities for their students by exposing them to the latest technology coming out of industry. Students enter the labor force ready to start a great career in the automotive industry.

You can get hands-on experience working on real cars using up-to-date tools that you’ll be using in your day job upon graduation. The automotive servicing industry is alive and well and continues to add jobs. There is huge demand for skilled workers in this industry, and PTC’s Automotive Technology course prepares students to rise fast.

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