Automotive technicians save lives with proper technical training
Bus accidents have become the highlight of the local news in our country lately. Every morning, we are greeted by page after page of endless tragedy. This news is a cause for concern to Chen Farn Keith, a Diploma in Automotive Technology student at The Otomotif College (TOC). Chen, whose father owns and operates a reputable bus company shared, "Some of these accidents can be avoided if the buses are maintained properly. These accidents may affect the people's trust in bus companies." (Picture: Keith (2nd from Right) in class learning about the intricacies of an air-flow meter.)
Diesel engines are becoming more prevalent in passenger vehicles, pickups, and other work trucks significantly increasing demand for Diesel technicians
"My favorite subjects at TOC are Engine Mechanical and Engine Systems. I learn about the principles of operating both gasoline and diesel engines. They help me gain an insight on how the engine functions and how it makes the car run. This knowledge and skills about diesel engines will be useful for me to apply to my father's company's buses in the future," Chen continued.
At TOC, qualified and experienced trainers teach students the Engine Mechanical subject. Car lovers learn how to identify components, describe their differences, besides performing measurements and adjustments on engine components and learning the way they operate. Students also acquire the constructional features and operational principles of systems that support both gasoline and diesel engines.
Car lovers learn how to identify components, describe differences and learning the way they operate.
For those who do not know, diesel-powered engines are more efficient and durable than their gasoline-burning counterparts making them more environmentally friendly. These powerful engines are standard in trucks and buses and are becoming more prevalent in light vehicles, including passenger vehicles, pickups, and other work trucks significantly increasing demand for technicians trained in Diesel, engine servicing, including bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, farm tractors use. Others repair diesel-powered passenger automobiles, light trucks, or boats.
Some employers report difficulty in finding workers with the right skills and training. People with good diagnostic and problem-solving abilities, sufficient training in electronics and computer skills are expected to have the best opportunities
These are some of the career options available other than the common jobs one might find as an automotive technician. Some employers report difficulty in finding workers with the right skills and training. People with good diagnostic and problem-solving abilities, sufficient training in electronics and computer skills are expected to have the best opportunities. TOC graduates also benefit from TOC's job assurance in which the college places them into one of their 800 venue partners nationwide.
Of course, diesel technicians must be versatile enough to handle all kinds of repairs, they might be working on a vehicle's electrical system one day and doing major engine repairs the next. Diesel maintenance is becoming increasingly complex, as more electronic components are used to control the operation of an engine. For example, microprocessors now regulate and manage fuel injection and engine timing, increasing the engine's efficiency. Also, new emissions standards may require mechanics to retrofit engines with emissions control systems, such as emission filters and catalysts, to comply with pollution regulations.
In modern workshops, diesel service technicians use hand-held or laptop computers to diagnose problems and adjust engine functions. Therefore, TOC strives to provide state-of-the-art facilities and software in order for the graduates to handle the sophisticated equipment.
"My father's company has a team of technicians to repair and maintain the buses which uses diesel engines. They spend most of their time doing preventive maintenance. The buses are checked frequently and the technicians follow a checklist that includes inspecting brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts. Following inspection, technicians repair or adjust parts that do not work properly or remove and replace parts that cannot be fixed. All these ensure the safety for all the passengers," explains Chen.
To ensure students get proper training in all the relevant areas, TOC has dedicated a whole floor for the Components Laboratory. The lab is especially dedicated to the teaching of specific automotive components such as chassis, drive-train, engine electrical, diesel and petrol engines besides overall engine management.
In modern workshops, diesel service technicians use hand-held or laptop computers to diagnose problems and adjust engine functions
The Diesel Common Rail Engine is used to teach the foundation of diesel engine's latest technology that is called Common Rail Direct Injection. The Common Rail Direct Injection Simulator is used to simulate real faults and correction in diesel engine's common rail technology. In the lab, one actually learn the basics of advanced diesel technology. The heart of a diesel engine is the injection pump and it is the supplying pump which supplies pressure to the common rail.
Established in 2005, TOC has grown by leaps and bounds to its current student population of 1300 at its Petaling Jaya campus. This number consists of a healthy mix of local and international students.
TOC students benefit from the cutting-edge facilities, top grade trainers, technologically advanced equipment and software besides a guaranteed career placement and development.
Other than the main campus, TOC also has offices in Penang and Sabah to provide detailed information about automotive courses, careers, and their unique life-time job placement. For the newly opened Penang office at Kristal Suites, Bayan Lepas, call 04-640 2867. Sabahans can visit the office at Kompleks Asia City or call 088-488 950.
In the Diesel Common Rail technology Lab, one actually learn about the basics of advanced diesel technology
"I have always been fascinated with sports cars since age 15," says Chen with a smile, "Of course, with my father's bus company, the motivation to pursue a sound automotive education from a reputable institution that is at par with the current technological development is important to me. I heard about TOC from my friends and I had to go to their campus during their OTTO Camp to see for myself. I was not disappointed when their claims about the sophisticated equipment turned out to be true."
To ensure that students make well-informed decisions TOC organizes the OTTO Camp (Open Day) to show students first-hand how the engines and other equipment function. Prospective students and parents will be able to catch a glimpse into the exciting automotive world at the upcoming OTTO Camp at our Petaling Jaya campus on January 29, 2011 from 10.00am-4.00pm.
Due to high demand students must call 03-7955 2811 or log on to http://www.toc.edu.my to register for the limited seats.