The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced that the 2014 Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) will have a focus on younger technicians.
CARS takes place in conjunction with the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE). The NACE/CARS Expo & Conference is taking place July 30-Aug. 2 at the Cobo Center in Detroit.
During CARS the two-day “Young Technician’s Symposium powered by Bosch” will feature cutting-edge learning techniques and thorough introductions to the electronic systems that control modern cars. Targeting the two- to three-year tech, Robert Bosch LLC’s trainers will use hands-on techniques mixed with classroom training to move young techs from maintenance service and light repair to adding routine diagnostic skills to their toolbox.
Management sessions will be limited so that the “meeting after the meeting” networking opportunities will be enhanced.
The Technology & Telematics Forum, sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, is titled “Bringing you face-to-face with the future.” Participants can learn about what cars are doing today and tomorrow from the engineers who build them.
The ASA says it has enlisted the aid of auto industry experts Vin Waterhouse, Rissy Sutherland, Danny Sanchez and Margie Seyfer. In addition, Bill Haas, industry consultant and trainer, has a new class that will provide shop owners the tools they need to help new employees fit right in.
“We surveyed members, asking what their biggest challenges were in running their business and repairing cars, and we took the dominant responses and sought out trainers to provide insight and new skills to solve those problems,” said Donny Seyfer, chairman-elect of ASA.