Midwest

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.   

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Olathe shop invests in OE scan tools and enhances niche in drivability diagnostics . . . . . . . . Olathe, Kan.— Ross Crevoiserat, owner of Ross Automotive, said he compares his business to that of a family doctor or dentist, with a dedicated following, rather than the fast-food, high-volume...
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KANSAS   The ASA-Midwest Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo drew record numbers on March 6-9, at the Overland Park Convention Center. More than 1,700 hours of training were provided for technicians, educators, and shop owners and managers. Vendors from across the country showcased the latest...
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Grain Valley, Mo.—A few years ago, Bill Pearce, co-owner and lead painter at Kustom Cruzers, was having some problems with the paint system he was using. He and his wife, Laura, also co-owner, said it was an easy decision to not only switch paint companies to address those concerns but to...
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Overland Park, Kan. — Labor is a perishable commodity, and once it’s spent, it cannot be reclaimed. So shops should not invest time in diagnosing a vehicle if they aren’t likely to profit from it, said Jeremy O’Neal, president of Advisorfix.com, which specializes in training...
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Independence, Mo.—Some may say that owning 16 scan tools and seven lab scopes is overkill, but Jeff Bly, a drivability diagnostician at Buddy’s Automotive and national technical trainer for NAPA Autotech, said even with that arsenal, he still feels underequipped. “Because I’...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Overland Park, Kan.—The Overland Park Convention Center’s 60,000-square-foot expo floor was sold out again this year at the annual ASA-Midwest Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo.  The four-day event, which ran from March 6-9, drew more than 3,500 automotive professionals and...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Longtime Lawrence repair shop adds Asian import business, finds success in preventive maintenance . . . . . . . . Lawrence, Kan.— Rick Bellinger, owner of Dale & Ron’s Auto Service, will tell you that as a young man, he didn’t plan on running an automotive repair shop or even...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Olathe, Kan.—One out of every seven jobs in the U.S. is transportation-related, which Ken Gandy, auto technology instructor at Olathe Advanced Technical Center (OATC), said presents some excellent opportunities for his students.  “You are either going to design it, drive it, break...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Lee’s Summit, Mo.—Dewayne Hancock got his start in the collision repair industry in 1975 at a local Kansas City dealership, and about a decade later, went out on his own, and opened Classic Paint & Collision. Hancock said he has focused on keeping up with the learning curve on...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
IOWA   The PPG 75-foot 2007 Coronado Freightliner tractor-trailer rig will be on hand at the Goodguys 23rd Heartland Nationals in Des Moines on July 4-6. The truck is decked out in a vibrant paint scheme that incorporates the colors, special effects and graphics PPG products make possible. The...
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