• Job Prospects in the Canadian Automotive Sector Look Bright
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    Job Prospects in the Canadian Automotive Sector Look Bright

    From dealers, rental and repair shop agents (and more), the Canadian automotive industry provides many satisfying and long-lasting career opportunities. In fact, Canada’s automotive industry is the sixth largest on the planet, accounting for 25% of the country’s merchandise exports. According to the Canadian Automotive Industry Association, direct employment in the aftermarket (relating to the manufacture, remade, distribution, wholesale and retail of replacement parts, accessories, tools, equipment, accessories, chemicals and services) totaled 410,700 jobs in 2009.

    Despite these numbers, you would be perfectly reasonable to assume that the industry’s job prospects have taken a hit in the last few years. The economic downturn in 2008, along with accelerated automation and global warming posed tough challenges and led to a 21% drop in new car sales…which obviously had a trickle down effect in all areas of automotive manufacturing, sales and repairs.

    However, the industry has bounced back in the last two years, and as Windsor Star reporter Grace Macaluso recently reported, Canada’s share of North American light-vehicle production is now at an all-time high (the number now stands at 17.3% of North American vehicle production, which is up from pre-recession levels of 16.8%). Automotive Training Center director Zyg Strecha believes this increased production points to improved job opportunities, adding that, “New vehicle sales are also up a few percentage points over last year, so the economics and employment opportunities are there”.

    Adding another extra boost is Canada’s Economic Action Plan, which has helped firms modernize their operations to create and maintain jobs. This follows the restructuring assistance the Canadian government provided to prevent the collapse of large companies, including Chrysler and GM, both of whom have repaid those loans in full. The rejuvenated strength of the industry’s biggest players, coupled with technological advances and the looming retirement of baby boomers, indicate … READ MORE

  • Understanding the Bad Credit Car Loan
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    Understanding the Bad Credit Car Loan

    Do you know the difference between “good” credit and “bad” credit? Many people understand that it has to do with their overall credit score, and some even understand that they actually might have three different credit scores depending upon the agency making the report. Additionally, there are many other people who have discovered that bad credit also comes from a history of late or overdue payments, defaults on loans, and even bankruptcy. This is the reason that many consumers need a bad credit car loan when they are trying to buy a new vehicle.

    Someone with good credit is going to have no indication of tardiness with their bills, and no signs of any inability to repay a loan. The credit report of someone with a “bad” history, however, is going to make the lender worry if they will get all of the money back without having to pursue some sort of action against the borrower. This is the reason that a bad credit car loan might come with a higher rate of interest and a strict or shorter repayment period.

    For example, if most lenders are issuing loans for new cars at four to five percent, the bad credit car loan might be offered at seven to ten percent interest instead. This is not to punish someone financially for having a bit of a shaky history, but is because the lender is trying to ensure that they get as much of their loan back as possible within the first years of the term.

    Additionally, many people who are seeking a bad credit car loan will have to understand that many lenders will ask for a down payment against the loan too. This doesn’t mean that they will automatically have to come up with twenty percent of the purchase price, … READ MORE

  • Transport Operations Training For People With Experience
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    Transport Operations Training For People With Experience

    Perhaps you’re a former truck driver, who wants to stay closer to home, or maybe you’re ready for a career change after many years doing dispatch, but you don’t want to switch out of the field or waste your training and experience. The right transport operations training can only build on what you’ve got already, launching a new career or helping you advance. Continuous skill updates are the reality in most industries and transportation, driving and freight are no different.

    Drivers

    Past truck drivers should consider a switch into a dispatch role. You heard their voice on the radio while you were on the road, and just as you learned to understand what they were saying, you already have most of the basics to get you off the ground. Add some formal dispatcher training, available in a variety of educational formats, and you’re well on your way to trading the driver’s seat for the comforts of a control centre chair, and hands on a steering wheel for a headset. Your industry experience will also be especially appealing to employers because you’ll know all the challenges that drivers face, and all the rules and regulations.

    Dispatchers

    If you have existing dispatcher training, that means that you’re already at least part way to being qualified radio operator, complete with formal certification. While the technology has been around for a great deal of time, its reliability keeps it relevant even in the face of advances in mass communication. In fact, with the use of satellites and the role of radio waves in cell phones you may already be on the cutting edge of technology. You could take this into a career in radio broadcast, including safety warnings or fire monitoring, or if you’re particularly gifted with technology, your knowledge of the switchboard could … READ MORE

  • Becoming an Automotive Technician
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    Becoming an Automotive Technician

    Auto technicians use each wrenches and pc programs with equal ease..  Cars today operate with the assistance of laptop systems that control heating and cooling systems, fuel feed, ignition and and several of the conveniences such as the sound system and GPS programs.  The challenges for auto technicians today include the traditional variations in design and functionality used by various auto makers.  Equally challenging is the fact that auto producers continually upgrade the technology used to operate today’s vehicles.

    You can study with auto manufacturers.  In order to keep auto technicians up to date many manufacturers operate training schools  who want to learn from the source.  Nissan, BMW, Toyota and Ford all offer training programs that lead to certification. Continuing education is also offered by many of the other auto makers; sometimes those courses are available at automotive vocational schools. The changes in each design and complexity for the inner workings of automobiles change much more rapidly today than a generation ago

    Choose an area of expertise.  Most auto technician training facilities separate their teaching into three areas:  Basic auto repair, collision repair, and diesel maintenance and repair.  Diesel mechanics typically work on  buses and trucks.  The salaries for all three of these options have a variation of about ten percent among them, according to the Department of Labor.

    Many automotive professionals seek certification.  The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers a testing program that leads to certification, a factor that can be important to employers.  The general requirement for taking the ASE examination is two years of experience in the field, but graduation from an automotive vocational program can be substituted for one of those years.  For automotive repair alone, there are eight specializations such as brake repair and ignition systems that are available for ASE certification, … READ MORE

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    Driver’s Seat

    Driver's Seat

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    Why are manual transmission cars so much more fun to drive than automatics? It has to do with energy, and somehow being able to physically connect with energy, the energy of a car. It also has to do with control and specifically the exhilaration of being able to control mechanical power.

    Control is important, it is a learned skill. Control is freedom. It’s mind over matter, the ability to exert the will and make manifest its desires in the physical. With cars it’s about empowerment through physical control of the machine, the thrill and sense of accomplishment that comes from successfully organizing bodily motor skills to produce large amounts of kinetic energy. There’s no denying that Lamborghini’s new flagship model Aventador is an impressive looking beast. The car is aggressive but it is also highly refined, it brings its many lines together into a taut, resolved, and elegantly detailed shape. As far as aesthetics go the Aventador is the perfect next-decade iteration of Lamborghini’s distinctive style.

    But does it have a soul?

    Lamborghini as a brand began as a reaction to the status quo. When Ferruccio Lamborghini started out he chose a charging bull as his icon as he wanted to challenge the dominance of Ferrari. An owner of Ferraris himself, Ferruccio always felt that the performance of Ferrari’s engines and the build quality of their interiors did not live up to the hype surrounding their name, nor the price they demanded. So as an answer to this, he designed a more powerful engine and made his cars more comfortable. Hence Lamborghini as a brand came to be about courage, tenacity, independence, and going against the grain.

    So when Lamborghini boss Stefan Winkelmann recently decided that all new models would not come with H-gate manual gearboxes anymore, but … READ MORE

  • Mechanic

    Deciphering Racing Seats Dimensions

    Everyone likes to race. Everyone loves to ride fast cars. While speed may thrill many people, some consider the comfort and perhaps the safety factor of the chairs they sit on as a must.

    Deciphering Racing Seats Dimensions

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    Not all seats are built the same. Sure they may have the same intent to keep a human body seated while in a vehicle but some seats are designed for either extreme comfort or extreme protection.

    While several commercial car makers design seats for comfort and long term use, there are companies that support race car teams and they need a more specific type of racing seat to handle it. A standard car seat seats to capacity while a racing chairs is for the protection of the driver or individual in that seat.

    While many of us see a racing seat as like other ordinary racing seats, there are special racing seats dimensions that must be met so that the optimum performance of the racing chair is met.

    According to the FIA ( Federation Internationale de l’Automobile ), there is a set of racing seats dimensions or schematics on how a racing chairs may be designed. These specs include how many screws are to be bolted as well as the height, width, and length of the seat themselves.

    The FIA has published a racing chair dimensions guide. This means that it is the suggested measurements but not necessarily the strict measurements to be met. Most manufacturers know of this guide as the FIA 8855/1999 racing seat guide. 1999 points to the year it was released for consumer use.

    To start with, the FIA dictates that the racing chair must be affixed to the car frame by using at least four M8 class 8.8 type bolts. These bolts should be at least 20mm apart.

    There … READ MORE