April 16th, 2014

People & Places — education news briefs

The University of the Aftermarket will present its annual “Aftermarket 101” program at Federal-Mogul headquarters in Southfield, Mich., June 10-11, 2014. The program is specifically created for new employees in the automotive or heavy-duty aftermarket and will provide a better understanding of the industry, its structure and trends. Typical attendees have less than one year in the industry and represent a diverse range of job functions and companies.

Women’s Industry Network announces 2014 scholarship winners

Leesburg, Va.—The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announced this year’s winners of the 2014 WIN Scholarship Program.  The newly expanded program is made possible by the generous support of WIN sponsors and by special events including the Scholarship Walk, held annually at the WIN Educational Conference, and sales of the There’s A Place For You recruiting poster.  

ASE launches introduction to Automobile Service E-Learning program for industry new-comers

Leesburg, Va.—The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) announced its new E-learning program, “Introduction to Automobile Service” (IAS). Delivered exclusively online and consisting of four e-learning training modules and a separate quiz, the program focuses on awareness of entry-level tasks related to basic automobile service. An embedded glossary and safety zone section also help to promote proper safety measures.

Leaders commemorate grand opening of new UTI Campus in Lisle, Ill.

Lisle, Ill.—Nearly 250 local business, civic, educational, elected officials and industry executives celebrated the grand opening of Universal Technical Institute’s new campus in Lisle during a festive evening ceremony, which included tours of the 187,000-square-foot facility. UTI is the nation’s leading provider of post-secondary education for individuals seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.


Educator Think Tank panelists offer advice, strategies for engaging the technicians of tomorrow

     Overland Park, Kan.—The best of today’s automotive technology programs blend new approaches to recruiting and educating students, and rely on the active involvement of advisory committees and local shop owners.

That was the main takeaway from discussions at the all-day ASA-Midwest Vision Educator Think Tank on March 7, at the Overland Park Convention Center   

The challenge of engaging students enrolled in automotive technology programs was a major focus of the day’s discussions.   

NASTF meeting tackles J-2534, launches OEM Scan Tool Resource Center

Seattle, Wash.—The Spring 2014 General Meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), hosted by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Northwest Chapter, was held recently in advance of the chapter’s annual Automotive Training Expo (ATE) at the Double Tree Hotel in Seattle on March 20.

     The bi-annual meeting included updates from the NASTF committee segments, and featured presentations on the recent Right-to-Repair laws, and a panel discussion on J-2534 pass-thru devices.


April 2nd

Autotailor customizes service and repair for the needs of each client

Denver—Offering personally tailored automotive services is the order of business at Autotailor, located in both Denver and Greeley. The Denver location at 1701 High St. has been in operation since 1993 and the Greeley location at 1011 16th St. is enjoying the third year in operation, said Owner Brent Wells, who is no stranger to the automotive industry, having grown up in the used-car environment under his father, Bud Wells.

March 31st

Waterborne reduces cycle time and increases profits for Sapaugh GM

Herculaneum, Mo.—Since taking the reins of the body shop at Sapaugh GM Country, Manager Mike Wolk has been able to reduce cycle time and increase profitability through improved processes and a switch to PPG waterborne paint.