John C. Frala, EV and fuel cell technology instructor, addresses students on the basics of EV battery testing and fuel cell technology.
Whittier, Calif.—Rio Hondo Community College has received many local and national honors for its alternative fuels and advanced transportation associate of science (AS) program in the past 25 years.
President Humberto Veras (left), a former BMW-certified technician, took over the family business in 2014. The crew at Call Car Collision has earned top reviews online for repairs.
San Francisco—In San Francisco’s Mission district, there are mechanical and collision repair shops on almost every block, so how does Call Car Collision stand out with so much competition in the neighborhood?
Owner Chuck Tiller says Aluminum Head Rebuilders has extensive knowledge and experience that is always available to wholesale or retail customers.
Portland, Ore.—During booming times for the remanufacturing segment, Chuck Tiller and Partner Wayne Sullivan opened Aluminum Head Rebuilders in 1995.
Grant and Shannon Sunday (right), owners of Don’s Body Shop, flanked by Production Manager Jay Stone and Estimator Sonia Johnson, adhere to OEM repair requirements and encourage continuing training in all positions.
Olathe, Kan.—John Eagle Collision Center, in Dallas, did not follow OEM-specified procedures when it replaced a Honda Fit’s hail-damaged roof with adhesive bonding, not welds.
Fred Brown, director of Automotive Programs & Aims Automotive & Technology Center, says more than 98 percent of students graduate to jobs in the industry. In the foreground is the school’s new Ford 6.7L Power Stroke simulator, a complete operating unit.
Windsor, Colo.—The instructors at Aims Community College, a NATEF-accredited school, know that keeping abreast of the latest automotive technology can be cumbersome, but is absolutely necessary in order to produce employable graduates. 
Ranken’s Tim Michel (right) announced a partnership with NC3 and FCA US to become the first area school to offer Mopar CAP LOCAL training. Students like Matthew Hennessey (right) and Austin Geisler will soon have the opportunity to graduate with Level 1 Mopar certifications after graduation.
Wentzville, Mo.—Starting in January 2018, students enrolled in the automotive technology program at Ranken Technical College-Wentzville will automatically be dually enrolled in a program in partnership with NC3 (National Coalition of Certification
Investing in a quality tool that matches diverse vehicle service applications can enhance productivity, make work easier and improve cost savings in the long run.
    Davidson, NC -- Impact tools are used every day within the vehicle service and repair industry.
John C. Frala, EV and fuel cell technology instructor, addresses students on the basics of EV battery testing and fuel cell technology.
President Humberto Veras (left), a former BMW-certified technician, took over the family business in 2014. The crew at Call Car Collision has earned top reviews online for repairs.
Owner Chuck Tiller says Aluminum Head Rebuilders has extensive knowledge and experience that is always available to wholesale or retail customers.
Grant and Shannon Sunday (right), owners of Don’s Body Shop, flanked by Production Manager Jay Stone and Estimator Sonia Johnson, adhere to OEM repair requirements and encourage continuing training in all positions.
Fred Brown, director of Automotive Programs & Aims Automotive & Technology Center, says more than 98 percent of students graduate to jobs in the industry. In the foreground is the school’s new Ford 6.7L Power Stroke simulator, a complete operating unit.
Ranken’s Tim Michel (right) announced a partnership with NC3 and FCA US to become the first area school to offer Mopar CAP LOCAL training. Students like Matthew Hennessey (right) and Austin Geisler will soon have the opportunity to graduate with Level 1 Mopar certifications after graduation.
Investing in a quality tool that matches diverse vehicle service applications can enhance productivity, make work easier and improve cost savings in the long run.
“We also take people who just have some aptitude and a good attitude,” says shop owner Ron Reichen.
Beaverton, Ore.—The need for initial and ongoing training in collision repair shops has perhaps never been greater. Collision Repair Education Foundation figures show that of the 21,500 technicians who leave the industry nationwide each year, only about 10,000 training program graduates are...
The iconic 1957 Jaguar XKSS is being recreated after 50 years.
Reincarnation. Envisage Group Ltd. of Coventry, England, has been commissioned by Jaguar Classic to create nine new XKSS continuation models, replacing those lost in a 1957 fire at the Jaguar Browns Lane factory. A leading global engineering group, Envisage was chosen for the project because the...
Professor Rick Marshall (right) instructs Auto Tech student Marc Anacta at SCC’s brand new facility.
Vallejo, Calif.—While California schools have been eliminating more than 400 technical training programs since 1995, according to the National Center of Education Statistics, a new, state-of-the-art auto tech facility recently celebrated its grand opening in September with 300 in attendance.  ...
Armed with a Masters in Physics and a passion for fixing cars, shop owner Saul Reisman is already internationally recognized and making waves in the aftermarket community.
Englewood, Colo.—Saul Reisman, 28, is quickly making a name for himself. He was just recently recognized by SEMA in its “35 Under 35” listing as a “young industry talent eyeing the future.” He has more than 120 educational YouTube videos posted on his shop’s website that have gained him broad...
Robert Keirstead and his wife and business partner, Jackelin Orozco, say they have spent $30,000 per year over the past three years to keep his shop up to date with tooling and equipment.
Los Angeles, Calif.—Robert Keirstead of 26th Street Auto Center foresees big changes ahead for the automobile service industry. “Young people don’t want to drive anymore,” he said. “They want to use ride services like Uber and Lyft. And the experts are saying every manufacturer is going to have...
Fred Brown, director of Automotive Programs & Aims Automotive & Technology Center, says more than 98 percent of students graduate to jobs in the industry. In the foreground is the school’s new Ford 6.7L Power Stroke simulator, a complete operating unit.
Windsor, Colo.—The instructors at Aims Community College, a NATEF-accredited school, know that keeping abreast of the latest automotive technology can be cumbersome, but is absolutely necessary in order to produce employable graduates.  Fred Brown, director, Automotive Programs & Aims...
Automotive Instructor Rob Anderson (left) and Gary Milbradt, program assistant, get satisfaction from teaching and watching students learn and grow.
Puyallup, Wash.—Any skills center or college level instructor will be candid about the value of administration support for their programs. And in the case of the Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC), Instructor Rob Anderson, who teaches the automotive technology program, is thrilled that Michelle...
Ranken’s Tim Michel (right) announced a partnership with NC3 and FCA US to become the first area school to offer Mopar CAP LOCAL training. Students like Matthew Hennessey (right) and Austin Geisler will soon have the opportunity to graduate with Level 1 Mopar certifications after graduation.
Wentzville, Mo.—Starting in January 2018, students enrolled in the automotive technology program at Ranken Technical College-Wentzville will automatically be dually enrolled in a program in partnership with NC3 (National Coalition of Certification Centers) and FCA US (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)....
 
 

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