Saturday, October 27, 2012

Commercial Transport Mechanic In The Making

Every year we accept an applicant from the local college who has just completed a 10 month pre-apprenticeship class in the commercial transport program. Becoming a mechanic in this field takes a certain amount of enthusiasm and positive attitude.

Taking advice wisely and showing your humble side is an asset when just starting out. The mechanics in our shop are always willing to share their knowledge which is invaluable and will help recipients get a good base of knowledge possibly preventing mistakes down the road.

Experience is the best teacher in my mind and working with a great mentor will excel your knowledge ten fold. We gave Jason a thorough one month practicum filled with servicing, brake jobs, suspension and electrical repairs. He loved the hands on and commented that getting into the actual work was far better than sitting in the classroom. Not to take anything away from classroom learning but his comment is the general consensus with a lot of mechanics in the field who are in the trade to work and get greasy.

At the end of the month I was pleased with Jason's performance and he was happy with his experience in our shop. Interacting with experienced mechanics is a great way to get a feel for the commercial transport trade. Until next year I am looking forward to the next up and coming commercial transport mechanic who shows up at our door.

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