Automotive technology

Dallas College News Update – News – Dallas College


Contact person: Alex Lyda; [email protected]

For Immediate Release — May 6, 2022

(FARMERS BRANCH, Texas) — Dallas College’s automotive technology program recently opened its doors for an event jam-packed with the latest cars, trucks, auto parts — and a healthy dose of handshakes.

More than 40 dealers and manufacturers, from Chevrolet to Subaru, showcased their latest merchandise and previewed new model year cars and trucks at Dallas College’s Brookhaven campus earlier this month.

At the invitation of David McNabb, Associate Dean of Advanced Automotive Technology, industry representatives were on campus for a full day to answer questions from hundreds of job seekers and current students during the last Annual Automotive Technology Expo – Dallas College’s first since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold two years ago.

“Automotive technicians are a dying breed, and they’re underproduced,” said James Saliva, Infiniti service manager for Crest Auto Group. “The traffic at the expo was overwhelming, and we came away with the contact details of 73 students. Any of them, even if there is only one, we would be lucky to work with. The training in these bays at Brookhaven is so good.

Saliva and her team met a host of instructors, staff and administrators also on site, amidst a sea of ​​competitors all passionate about educating the future automotive technology workforce. Other car and truck manufacturers, including Ford, GMC, Toyota, Honda, Mopar and Kubota, were all in attendance, in addition to more than 400 high school automotive program students throughout the day.

Amid the din of on-site scholarships awarded through a DJ who doubled as an auctioneer, students shook hands with future employers while stuffing goody bags that included key rings, pressure gauges, caps and sunglasses – and something much more valuable for their future: business cards.


“This [expo] is an example of how Dallas College is taking ownership of the high school-to-college transition by literally enrolling young adults into careers,” said Chancellor Justin Lonon. “Students here today have their eyes set on rewarding careers in automotive technology and are making the right choices to carve out great jobs, even while in school. What the Auto Tech programs at Brookhaven, Eastfield, and Cedar Valley have accomplished, not just in the classroom but with breakthroughs in the industry, is truly what sets Dallas College apart.

Tony Molla, field director of the ASE Education Foundation Texas of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a professional certification group that accredits training programs and certifies professionals in the automotive repair and service industry in United States and Canada, occupied a table near the entrance to the exhibition as he surveyed the interested students who poured in.

“Anytime you see that level of interest among people who are just starting to pursue their passion, it’s inspiring,” Molla said. “Our job is to support these students, especially as they enter the workforce and develop skills that need to be kept at the forefront, not only for safety and industry certifications, but also to succeed in their career.”

At the end of the day, once the rolling and distribution was complete, there was room for some levity. High school students gathered around an antique pink Lincoln Continental and a lowered Honda S2000 brought in for display at the back of the bays. (The Honda racked up more selfies.)

“We’ve worked with all the dealers in the crowd, and they’ve all said it’s one of the best they’ve ever seen,” McNabb said. “A high school instructor texted me after he had to ‘drag’ his guys to the bus because they wouldn’t leave.”

The next exhibition is already scheduled for April 2023 and will feature even more industry representatives, so that the well-trained automotive technician is not threatened with extinction.

“We strive to be present at events like this across the country, and we believe it is important to help place students in these jobs, whether at Ford or another manufacturer,” says Shaun Smith, Regional Technician Placement Specialist in the Dallas area for Ford Motor Company. . “Dallas College’s Ford ASSET program at Brookhaven is the premier program in the nation, and that’s because the folks at Brookhaven are so passionate about automotive education. Our collective goal is to find aspiring young technicians and nurture them. help help themselves. You can’t buy a certification like the one offered at Dallas College, and days like this are seen as a great opportunity for us. As an industry, we come together to share information and collaborate to join forces to meet the needs of the industry.

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