RR 408: Scott Shotton – Straight Talk on Entry Level Technicians, Tips on Becoming an Aftermarket Trainer and Post-Secondary Automotive Education
Scott Shotton has over 25 years of technical experience in automotive repair shops. As the owner of The Driveability Guys, Scott performs mobile diagnostics and reprogramming for local repair shops in the DeKalb Illinois area as well as industry training around the United States and Canada. He was also one of the four trainers for the Illinois EPA’s vehicle emissions testing program.
Scott has been an automotive instructor at Kishwaukee College since 2009. Prior to Kishwaukee College, Scott was adjunct faculty at the College of DuPage for 7 years. He has a degree in Automotive Service Technology as well as many hours of training by manufacturers and independent training entities.
Scott is also recognized as an Illinois state emissions repair technician. He was also a technical trainer during his 8 year Army career. Scott has written many technical articles for MotorAge and Gears magazines. Scott became an ASE Subject Matter Expert (SME) in 2017. Scott currently maintains 21 ASE certifications including Master Automotive Technician, Master Truck Technician, A9, L1, L2, L3, Alternate Fuels and more.
Key Talking Points:
Post-secondary education. Who is coming in and how are we preparing them.
Students don’t have as much mechanical experience as previous generations (focused on technology), but could be used as a benefit (input-output systems)
Graduates have basic knowledge and just need hands-on experience- “Green tech”
Find a shop that has “grow your own tech” mentality to mentor and give the experience needed
Continue training with quality trainers and events
Two of five graduates will continue for a bachelor’s degree
Others get placed at local shops- independents and at dealerships
How long does it take to become a master technician
A tech B tech C tech
Students graduating 2-year programs are entry-level technicians- cannot be considered A tech
Developing specialties can give tech broader range- be an A tech in certain area and B or C tech in other areas
A mobile diagnostician is a career path and investment
Becoming a mobile diagnostics technician takes plenty of time to cut your teeth to become a master technician. It is a huge investment in experience, education, equipment, software, and subscriptions.
Exposing the youth to hands-on experiences
As a parent, be involved and keep track of over technology usage
Extracurricular activities in school- sports, music, clubs
Feed what they are interested in and want to learn
If you want to become an aftermarket trainer be yourself. Don’t copy any other trainer.
When you are a student aspiring to be a trainer. Keep a separate notebook on what you learn. Don’t plagiarize and write down what you learned on how knowledge transfer happens.
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