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Auto Advisory Committee Meeting 11/26/2013

Posted in: Uncategorized by cnielson on December 16, 2013

Minutes of Automotive Advisory Committee

November 26, 2013

 

Committee Members Present:

 

Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator Fremont High

Dale Pfister, CTE Director Weber School District

Christine Heslop, CTE Coordinator Ogden School District

Arne Erisoty, Auto Instructor Fremont High

Adam Arndt, Auto Instructor Bonneville High

James Cook, Auto Instructor Ogden High

Dane Tom, Auto Instructor Ogden High

Curtis Nielsen, Program Director OWATC

Cory Olson, OWATC

Gary Kopecki, Volunteer Instructor Ogden High

Steve Hoellein, Felt Auto

Bob Greer, O’Reilly Auto

Jeff Gooch, O’Reilly Auto

Joe Grundvig, Weber State University

David Lloyd, Matco Tools

Committee members met and discussed the following:

 

  1.  NATEF Certification for Bonneville, Roy, and Weber High Schools:  Certification is in process at these high schools.  Instructors have been diligent in completing the certification.

 

2..NATEF Certification for Ogden High – 2 ½ year review:  Signatures are needed for their review.  James Cook asked if those from the industry and others present would sign their review before they left today.  Steve Hoellein recommended that those in the industry sign because that is what NATEF prefers.

 

3.   NATEF survey questions for NATEF review:  Charlie asked for specific questions and suggestions for this review.  It was suggested by Gary Kopecki to pull information from the industry as to what is being done in the high schools that gives students the edge for moving into the industry of tire shops, lube shops, and parts stores.  Arne explained that he also gathers information from his classes as to what siblings are doing after high school.  It was suggested by Dane Tom that he does a calling list to collect information as what students are doing after high school.  Charlie recommended utilizing the CTE secretarial staff to make those phone calls.

Questions need to be specific as if working in the body, technology, or parts area of the industry.  Also, are they anticipating continuing in post-secondary education?  This should be our mission to encourage higher education along with success stories of students who have graduated and seeking four year degrees.

 

4.    MLR and ASE names for classes:  See chart and packets with agenda – Classes in the high schools will be ASE of Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Engine Performance, and Electrical.  Please read the Automotive Service packets of ASE Engine MLR and ASE Chassis MLR.  It contains very basic information for students.  Instructors are encouraged to work with the gifted students in their classes.  Arne expressed that we can increase the learning and technology teaching to students who excel in the classroom.  It was agreed that the goals are to introduce students to the basics in automotive and then facilitate them into higher learning.  The careers are available in the field and there is a demand for students.

 

5.    ASE Testing – $30.00 per test:  There is no carryover of funds for tests that are not used.  Charlie will ask NATEF as to why funds are not able to be used in the following year.

 

6.   WSU Concurrent Enrollment:  Joe Grundvig from Weber State was concerned about Engine Performance being taught instead of Engine Repair.  He will get with the concurrent committee at Weber State and discuss the difference between the programs and what they have agreed for credit.  Steve Hoellein explained that engine repair is now complex and it is mandatory that students have knowledge of computers and electronics.  Joe further explained the four ASE areas and how Weber State aligned the curriculum.  The Engine Repair topic must be considered.  They will look at how Davis and Salt Lake County schools offer their concurrent credit and review their position.

 

7.   WSU Recruiting from our schools:  Weber State is trying to be specific in their recruiting to the manufacture area of the industry.  To free up recruiters, they are thinking of having instructors from Weber State visit the classrooms with technical demonstrations.  High school instructors felt that this would increase interest in their students and what Weber State has to offer.  Committee discussed marketing Weber State and what they have to offer over profit institutions.  Outside employers feel that employees have a better education from Weber State than do the ones from profit schools.

Weber State will send out a survey for their recruitment visit.  Please fill it out when you receive it.  They rely on this information to benefit their program.

8.   GASS Scholarship:  Charlie will attend classes with a presentation to apply for this scholarship.  It is easy to apply online.  Encourage students to take advantage of this scholarship.

 

9.    OWATC starting up an Automotive Program:  Curtis Nielsen, Program Director at the OWATC and Cory Olson from Workforce Services are working on this new program.  They are in the beginning stages of setting up this program.  Their goal is to facilitate students on the pathway to Weber State in continuing their education.  Joe and Cory will work together to do a survey online and through the mail. This will help them decide what they will offer to the community. This survey will provide information as what the industry needs are in skills, certifications, and degrees.

They will not offer a diesel program.  The OWATC feels that the Davis Applied Technology College is offering a great diesel program.

 

10. Are we teaching what the industry needs?:  Bob Greer stated that the industry is looking for mechanics that can diagnose problems.  Technical knowledge is needed in this area.  Students know the basic steps but can’t diagnose detailed problems.  Instructors have been good to attend trainings in the automotive field and stay current with the industry.  It was recommended to bring students with them that excel in automotive. David Lloyd suggested that students need to know how to deal with people and interact with them.

 

11. Skills USA CMI Training:  Charlie will make contact with instructors regarding this training.  Also, he will get information for the Real World Training Series to instructors.

 

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Automotive Advisory Committee Meeting

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Automotive Advisory Committee Meeting
December 20, 2012 @ 6:30 am
Denny’s Restaurant Ogden, UT
Committee Members Present:
Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator Roy High
Dale Pfister, CTE Director Weber School District
James Cook, Automotive Instructor Ogden High School
Arne Erisoty, Fremont High School Automotive Instructor
Christine Heslop Ogden High School Coordinator
Mindy Vandersten, Weber State University Recruiter
Joe Grundvig, Weber State University
Clay Bushell, Roy High Automotive Instructor
Steve Filiaga, Weber High School Automotive Instructor
Bob Greer, O’Reilly Auto Parts
Kevin Roner, Weber State University Representative
Adam Arndt, Bonneville High School Automotive Instructor
Scott Layton, Car Quest Auto Parts
Kurt Kennedy, Car Quest Auto Parts
Mike Dannon, Mazda Master ASE

Members not present: Kendall Smith, Dane Tom
Charlie Nielson conducted the meeting…
Committee members meet and discussed the following:
1. New Members: Scott Layton, Kurt Kennedy, Mike Dannon, Adam, Arndt, Joe Grundvig
2. NATEF Information: Maintenance & Light Repair hours…How to meet the hours of Automotive Service Technology.
3. Concurrent Enrolment Issues: Better college connection with the schools. Better recruitment from WSU. Sophomores can now receive the credit.
4. Up to date training: Standard Motor Products has Webinars. O’Reilly also has training. Hunter training is also available. Instructors may take students with them to the Hunter training.
5. Arne Erisoty was congratulated on his NATEF recertification.
6. SKILLS USA: January 25th, 2013 at Fremont High School. Instructors decided to have the students compete in teams of four as to involve more students.
7. Next Meeting at Ogden High School in April of 2013.
Action Items:
1. Weber State University to do better marketing for Concurrent Enrollment.
2. Get training information from Bob Greer, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Kendall Smith, Standard Motor Products.
Meeting adjourned at 7:35 am
Minutes submitted by Jodie Kohler, CTE secretary

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Automotive Advisory Committee Meeting

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Automotive Advisory Committee Meeting

April 24, 2012 @ 6:30 am

Fremont High School Auto Shop

Committee Members Present:

Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator Roy High

Sharen Kamp, CTE Coordinator Two Rivers High School

Dale Pfister, CTE Director Weber School District

James Cook, Automotive Instructor Ogden High School

Arne Arisoty, Fremont High School Automotive Instructor

Christine Heslop Ogden High School Coordinator

Mindy Vandersten, Weber State University Recruiter

Clay Bushell, Roy High Automotive Instructor

Steve Filiaga, Bonneville High School Automotive Instructor

Dayne Tom, Ogden High School Automotive Instructor

Bob Greer, O’Reilly Auto Parts

Kevin Roner, Weber State University Representative

Members not present: Kendall Smith, Charlie Kirkbride, Roger Hepworth(retired), Nick Lamarr and Gary Kopecky.

Charlie Nielson conducted the meeting…

Committee members meet and discussed the following:

  1. Equipment needs: TPMS…Genesis System comes with the TPMS.  You tube has training.
  2. CDX Demo:  Arne and Steve demonstrated how to use the CDX program…The task sheets, videos that work with the worksheets. Assessments great for review.  Can log on at home for extra study. Reemphasizes class instruction.
  3. Concurrent Enrolment Issues: Better college connection with the schools.  Better recruitment from WSU.
  4. GASS presentation:  Fremont and Bonneville had one student apply even after Charlie went to each school and walked the students through the application.
  5. Up to date training:  Standard Motor Products has Webinars for $150.00 for 12 hours of training. After the training the information is archived for future student access.
  6. Hunter Alignments training:  We have access to all their DVD’s for training…The instructors said it is not easy to navigate.
  7. New NATEF accreditation model: Category I 540 hours.
  8. Moving from Mitchell On Demand to All Data:  All Data is used at SKILLS State competition.  Both have advantages.

Action Items:

  1. Weber State University to do better marketing for Concurrent Enrollment.
  2. Move forward with Standard Motor Product webinars.
  3. Check into All Data.

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 am

Minutes submitted by Jodie Kohler, CTE secretary

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March 10, 2009

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Minutes of Automotive Advisory Committee

March 10, 2009 @ 6:30 am

Ogden, UT

 

Committee Members Present:

Reid Newey, CTE Director

Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator Roy High

James Cook, Ogden High

Pat Price, Ogden High

Paul Fawson, Auto Instructor Roy High

Steve Filiaga, Auto Instructor Bonneville High

Nick LaMarr, Weber High

Steve Stuart, WSU

Roger Hepworth, Hepworth Auto

Brandon Vavricka, Hepworth Auto

 

Charlie Nielson Conducted the meeting…

Committee members met and discussed the following:

 

  1. Gas Analyzers:  Steve Stuart commented that a gas analyzer is a great teaching tool. Brandon Vevricka said “that what he is seeing is that any vehicle 1995 or newer can get a better diagnosis through a computer than a gas analyzer”. Emission machines are being used instead. Gas Analyzers are very costly, are they needed or are they going by the wayside? If we purchase them will they get used?

 

  1. GAAS Scholarship:  All schools were given copies of the scholarship from Steve Hollein. It was suggested that all teachers get specific names of scholarship candidates to the CTE coordinators and have the CTE secretaries get with the students and walk them through the application process. Steve Stuart is more than willing to help with this process.

 

  1. WSU CE and recruiting students to WSU:  It was felt that these two go hand in hand.  It was suggested that the names and address of all the auto concurrent enrollment students be given to Steve Stuart.  He would get out letters to each student and take a personal approach to recruiting. Arrange small tours for the automotive students to attend at the university.

 

  1. WSU Troubleshoot Contest:  Charlie was concerned that this wasn’t being supported by WSD. Nick was concerned about preparing students for too many contests. That not all the contest areas were curriculum based. The students attend the contest and come away feeling discouraged. Cost also a factor. Charlie assured them that CTE would pay for the contest fees.

 

  1. Hunter Alignment Seminar:  These seminars are coming up in April. CTE will pay for any automotive teachers to attend. They just need to let Charlie know which level they would need to attend and CTE will register them.

 

  1. International Show Car Association SLC:  Teachers are to let Charlie know how many will be attending. A bus will need to be arranged. This is the same day as SKILLS so there may be some conflict. It is a $15 fee for each student.

 

Action Items:

Auto teachers are to check on gas analyzers and get back to Charlie with ideas.

Get names and address of concurrent enrollment students to Steve Stuart for the personal approach to recruiting and set up tours of WSU Auto Dept.

Get WSU recruiter to high school auto shops.

Roger Hepworth would be glad to come and speak to his kids. Motivate them to pursue to the next level of education.

Register auto teachers for the hunter Alignment Seminar.

Arrange bus for ISCA.

Collect any suggestions for changes to be made in the standards and objectives for state test 505E.

 

Meeting adjourned @ 7:30

Minutes submitted by Jodie Kohler, CTE Secretary

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November 11, 2008

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Minutes of Automotive Advisory Committee Meeting

November 11, 2008 @6:30 am

Denny’s Restaurant Ogden, Utah

 

Committee Members Present:

Reid Newey CTE Director

Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator

Dave Miliken, State Specialist

Arne Erisoty,FremontHigh

Paul Fawson, Roy High

Steve Filiaga, Bonneville High

Nick Lamar, Weber High

James Cook, Ogden

Pat Price, Ogden

Steve Hoellein, Felt Auto

Steve Stuart,WeberState

Richard Dresser, Wasatch Front Kia

 

Charlie Nielson conducted the meeting…

Committee member met and discussed the following:

 

  1.  General Service Technician, Discuss the new GST.  The new GST will be great for entry level job skills.  Dave Milliken talked about GST will give the teachers an opportunity to cover parts of all the eight areas in the task list that they haven’t been able to cover in the past.  Students will take the NATEF or Skills exam.  Nick Lamar brought up that the state core curriculum is out of date.  If the teachers follow the state core curriculum they will not teach to the task list.  Dave Milliken said that the curriculum should have been updated and he will check on the progress of the updates.  Steve Hoellein mentioned that NATEF will be coming out with a GST test down the road.

 

  1. WSU Concurrent Enrollment:  Weber State University only gives concurrent credit for Brakes, Steering and Suspension.  Steve Stuart talked about checking into the fact that if the student receives the concurrent enrollment credit for Brakes, Steering and Suspension WSU would wave the Intro to Automotive requirement.

 

  1. Scholarships: Steve Hoellein brought a flyer about Automotive Scholarships.  Charlie will distribute the flyers to each counseling center and have the counseling center add the Automotive Scholarship to the list of scholarships availableSteve will be more than willing to help any student apply for these scholarships.  A GPA of 2.5 and above is all that is required for a student to apply. Steve also brought pamphlets from the Dept. of Workforce Services talking about careers in the automotive field.  Steve will obtain pamphlets for each high school in Weber District. Charlie will get these around to the counselors in each high school before registration begins for next school year.

 

 

 

  1. Three year plan:  Charlie will be around to talk to each teacher individually about this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action Items:

 

  1. Meet with counselors at each high school discuss pamphlets from Dept of Workforce Services and Scholarship information.
  2. Utip file…Arne asked if a bank of questions could be posted on line for the students to study from.  Maybe Ryan James could help.
  3. Form Committee…Steve Stuart suggested that a committee be formed to meet with parents and students interested in the Automotive field and discuss opportunities in the field.  We are losing students because of lack of information in the post high school area.

 

Meeting Adjourned at 7:35 am

Minutes submitted by Jodie Kohler, CTE Secretary

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November 10, 2009

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Minutes of Automotive Advisory Committee

November 10, 2009 @ 6:30 am

Denny’s Restaurant Ogden, UT

 

Committee Members Present:

 

Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator Roy High

Steve Stuart, Weber State University

James Cook, Ogden High

Rich Vandenburg, Job Corps

Jeff Meyer, WBL Coordinator WSD

Pat Price, Ogden High

Christina Heslop, CTE Coordinator Ogden District

 

Steve Hoellein, Felt Auto

Sharen Kamp, CTE Coordinator Two Rivers High

Paul Fawson, Auto Instructor Roy High

Steve Filiaga, Auto Instructor Bonneville High

Arne Erisoty, Auto Instructor Fremont High

Kendall Smith, Standard Motor Products

 

Charlie Nielson Conducted the meeting…

Committee members met and discussed the following:

 

  1. Safety Issues:  James Cook had a question on “How long to keep a student’s safety record?”  Charlie provided a copy of a printout from the USOE Safety Program and Management Guide, 2001 which states “Notice of claim in the State of Utah extends to one year following his/her reaching adult hood.”  Example:  For a 12 year old, 7th grade student-8 years!  Kendall Smith suggested scanning the students file and keep them at the district office.

 

  1. WSU Concurrent Enrollment:  Steve Stuart expressed that earlier this year GST concurrent enrollment was all agreed upon.  There is a need to meet with John Kelly to discuss concurrent enrollment and its future roll.

 

  1. WSU Auto Competition:  All in attendance were given the registration form.  The need for transportation was discussed.

 

  1. SKILLS Competition:  It will be held at Roy High this year.  It was suggested that the Auto Industry be invited to attend the competition.

 

  1. Steve Hoellein Scholarship:  Still available on line.  Students only need a 2.5 GPA to apply.  Applications due by February 28th, 2010.

 

  1. Equipment needs:  Kendall and Steve Stuart expressed the need to keep equipment up to date as so to prepare the students for the industry.  Items that were suggested were computer base scan tools, programmers with touch screens, lab scopes.  Steve would be willing to meet with Reid Newey, high school principals and whoever to discuss the importance of keeping up to date with the industry.

 

  1. Advisory Team’s purpose:  Help the Instructors keep abreast of new technology.  What it will take to get the students into the industry.  The team would like to see new advisory members from the industry.  It was suggested that the students be actively involved in selecting advisory committee members.  Instructors would like to see more job shadowing with a follow-up review.

 

  1. Guest Speakers:  Jeff Meyer had a suggestion to add to the instructor’s class disclosure a place where a parent could note if they was employed in the industry and would be willing to be a guest speaker.  Guest speakers could promote post high school education.

 

 

Actions Items:

  1. WSU Concurrent Enrollment:   Charlie and Steve Stuart to meet with John Kelly and discuss GST receiving WSU Concurrent Enrollment credit.

 

  1. WSU Auto Tech Competition:  Check on transportation needs of each high school.

 

  1. SKILLS Competition: What will be needed to meet the needs of the competition?  Invite members of the industry to the competition.

 

  1. Advisory Team purposes:  Reach out to the industry for involvement.

 

  1. It was suggested that we could hold the next advisory meeting at one of the school’s shop. Select one of the high school shops to hold the next meeting at.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 am

Minute’s submitted by Jodie Kohler, CTE Secretary

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Minutes of Automotive Advisory Committee

September 16, 2010 @ 6:30 am

Denny’s Restaurant, Ogden, UT

 

Committee Members Present:

Arne Arisoty, Automotive Instructor Fremont High

Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator Roy High

Christine Heslop, CTE Coordinator Ogden High

Jimmy Cook, Automotive Instructor Ogden High

Kendall Smith, Standard Motor Products

Nick LaMarr, Automotive Instructor Weber High

Paul Fawson, Automotive Instructor Roy High

Reid Newey CTE Director Weber School District

Roger Hepworth, Hepworth Auto

Steve Filiaga, Automotive Instructor Bonneville High

Steve Stuart, Weber State University

 

Members not present: Brandon Vavricka, Jeff Meyer

Charlie Nielson Conducted the meeting…

Committee Members met and discussed the following:

  1. Hunter Training is being attended by Nick Lamarr and some of his students and Arne Arisoty and some of his students at SLCC.  This is a training sponsored by Hunter Engineering and the other instructor are invited.  WSD paid the teachers a stipend and used the school vans for transportation.
  2. GAAS (Global Aftermarket Automotive Scholarship) was discussed and it was decided that Charlie Nielson would come to each of the school and give a presentation to all automotive students.  The teachers have pushed it but no student have taken advantage of it.  It may be because students are tired of hearing about it from their instructor.  Maybe a presentation by someone other than a teacher may be more beneficial.
  3. Kendall Smith from Standard Motor Products  has many opportunities for teachers to get up to date training and will keep us posted as to what classes are coming.
  4. Automotive Interns…It was discussed that each school could try to find a place for one of their best student to get involved in a Internship which is the capstone of the automotive pathway.
  5. WSU has committed to coming to our schools and giving a presentation on recruitment.

Action Items:

  1. Charlie Nielson presentations to automotive classes.
  2. Automotive Intern placement.
  3. Scheduling WSU presentations.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 am

Minutes submitted by Jodie Kohler, CTE Secretary

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Minutes of Automotive Advisory Committee

January 14, 2011 @ 6:30 am

Jeremiahs Restaurant Ogden, UT

Committee Members Present:

 

Arne Aristy, Automotive Instructor Fremont High

Charlie Kirkbride, Kirkbride Auto

Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator Roy High

Christine Heslop, CTE Coordinator Ogden High

Jimmy Cook, Automotive Instructor Ogden High

Kendall Smith, Standard Motor Products

Nick LaMarr, Automotive Instructor Weber

Paul Fawson, Automotive Instructor Roy High

Reid Newey, CTE Director Weber District

Roger Hepworth, Hepworth Auto

Sharen Kamp. CTE Coordinator Two Rivers High

Steve Filiaga, Automotive Instructor Bonneville High

Steve Stuart, Weber State University

Charlie Nielson Conducted the meeting…

Committee Members met and discussed the following:

 

  1. Introduced new committee member, Charlie Kirkbride, owner and operator of  Kirkbride Auto Service and Repair.

 

  1. Teacher workshops and in-services:  USOE summer conferences, Kendall smith of Standard Motor Products would be glad to come and do some training.

 

  1. WSU Trouble Shoot Contest:  Not very well attended by Weber District Instructors.  Conflicts with scheduling others events that are in the same time frame.  Paul Fawson expressed the importance of the contest that it gets the students exposed to the University and all it had to offer in the automotive training.

 

  1. Internships: There is e need for more business partners to work with Weber School District.

 

  1. Guest Speakers:  Roger Hepworth said he would be glad to come into the classrooms and speak.

Action Items:

  1. Reid Newey asked for each Automotive Instructor to provide the names of two students to Jeff Meyer to be placed in an Internship.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 am

Minutes submitted by Jodie Kohler

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Automotive Advisory Committee Meeting

November 15, 2011 @ 6:30 am

Weber High School Auto Shop

Committee Members Present:

 

Arne Erisoty, Automotive Instructor Fremont High

Charlie Nielson, CTE Coordinator Roy High

Christine Heslop, CTE Coordinator Ogden High

James Cook, Automotive Instructor Ogden High

Nick Lamarr, Automotive Instructor Weber High

Dale Pfister, CTE Director Weber School District

Clay Bushell, Automotive Instructor Roy High

Roger Hepworth, Hepworth Auto

Steve Filiaga, Automotive Instructor Bonneville High

Tim Border, WSU Recruiter

Bob Greer, O’Reilly Auto Parts Commercial Sales

Gary Kopecky, Automotive Instructor Ogden High

Dayne Tom, Automotive Instructor Ogden High

Kevin Roner, WSU Representative T-10

Andrew Passage, Toyota Area Manager

Charlie Nielson Conducted the meeting…

Committee Members met and discussed the following:

  1. GAAS presentations- Charlie went around to each high school last year to get students to apply for the scholarship.  He will do the same again this year.  All three students that applied from Ogden received the scholarship.
  2. SKILLS USA Contest-It will be held at Ogden High this year with Small Engines on January 23, and the rest of the areas on January 24, with the closing ceremony at Roy High January 23,2011 at 6:00 pm.  Each school will van their own kids to the competition.
  3. WSU Auto Tech Competition-It will be held December 8.  Buses will pick up students at their home high schools.  All WSD schools are registered and fee is paid.
  4. WSU recruiting-WSU will do a better job of recruiting and keeping track of students with lead cards.  They will make an effort to get into all the high schools and recruit for students.  Also discussed getting more students to do Concurrent Enrollment.
  5. WSU- had program update to CEED. One out of six universities certified in the US in CEED.
  6. O’Reilly Auto parts- Bob Greer discussed webinars that can be downloaded and used in the classroom for training.
  7. Hunter Alignment training-Charlie will let the instructors know when this comes available again.
  8. Internship-Roy High placed an Intern at Wild Diesel in West Haven.
  9. NATEF Certification-Fremont up for five year and Bonneville up for2 ½ year. All schools have the tools needed to support NATEF certifications.
  10. Next Meeting-Fremont High School.

 

 

 

 

Action Items…

  1. Invite WSU into classrooms for recruiting.
  2. Invite Roger Hepworth from Hepworth Auto into classrooms as a guest speaker to promote the Automotive Industry.
  3. Follow up with high school and WSU AutoTech Competition 2011.
  4. GAAS Presentations in classrooms at all the high schools.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 am

Minutes submitted by Jodie Kohler, CTE Secretary

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There are many jobs in automotive!

Posted in: Uncategorized by cnielson on January 03, 2012

While the headlines in the business section of your favorite news source are rarely uplifting and your service business is fluctuating from hot to cold on a daily and weekly basis, there is still an abundance of positive data to give you reason to be optimistic about the automotive aftermarket industry and your service and repair business.

1. The automotive aftermarket is a $224 billion industry — that is huge.

2. The aftermarket is growing at a 4.1% rate.

3. The value of the parts installed in the DIFM segment is a staggering $85 billion.

4. The 3 trillion miles driven each year fuels the aftermarket.

5. There are 240 million vehicles in operation, creating a steady demand for ­service work.

6. The average age of vehicles is currently 10.6 years and will continue to grow.

7. There are 180 million “older” vehicles (6 years and older) on the road.

8. Repair invoices are 55% higher on average for older vehicles.

9. The number of OEM dealerships has dropped by more than 3,000 since 2008, creating more opportunities for aftermarket shops.

10. OE dealerships have less than a 20% share of the DIFM business for older vehicles (and these have the highest average repair order).

Bonus reason:
11. The average posted labor rate for aftermarket shops is $18.50 lower than the labor rate at OEM dealerships.

There are many other industries that would love to have the “fundamental drivers” that benefit the automotive aftermarket. Have you spoken with anyone in the real estate, banking or construction industry lately? They are having some tough times that will hopefully take a turn for the better since they are also your customers.

Tough economic times cause a business manager to make a thorough examination of the business, which is a good thing. Take the time to do that now but, in the end, hang in there for the 11 reasons listed above.

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