With the economy slowly turning around, more and more people are looking to invest in cars. Many of them are choosing cars from the Ford Company for a variety of reasons. As such, Ford technicians have a great shot at obtaining a long-lasting career after completing Ford Technician training. In fact, despite hard economic times, in 2010 Ford earned a net profit of $6.6 billion and reduced its debt from $33.6 billion to $14.5 billion.
Those who are interested in becoming Ford technicians and want training that is specific to the company will benefit from attending Centennial College's Automotive Service Technician Ford Company of Canada Limited Asset (MAP 32) program. More in-depth than traditional apprenticeships, this offering ensures that students obtain a combination of theory and practical practice.
In order to apply for Ford Technician training, applicants must have completed 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 applicants. 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.
While the program totals 64 weeks, students spend 32 of those weeks with their employers. As such, they are compensated for their work during the employer sessions and may be eligible for employment insurance during the in-class training. In addition the Ford technician training is set up in such a way that students alternate between their employer and the college every four weeks. This method ensures that first students learn the basics, apply them to their employer sessions and come back with confidence to obtain more advanced in-class knowledge.
During their on-campus time, Ford Technician students attend courses to master topics such as electronics, transmission, engines, air conditioning, supplemental restraint systems and the diagnosing of vehicle management systems. Additionally, this program gives students an edge thanks to its coverage of Ford specialties that, in the past, students had to attend Ford school to learn. These specialties are: engines, electrical, brakes and climate control. The in-school Ford Technician training is conducted out of Ashtonbee Campus, the largest transportation training centre in the province. This training centre houses Ford cars and tools of the trade that will ensure students are comfortable when they enter the field.
Meanwhile, during their time with their employer, Ford technician students get to apply what they have learned, deal with customers, learn from seasoned professionals and network. This is great preparation for their careers during which Ford technicians 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.