The Evolution of Automotive Technology Training [THA 372]

NAPA trainers Curt Eigenberger, Bill Weaver, and Randy Cohen, discuss the critical role of training in the automotive industry’s shift towards electric vehicles (EVs). The conversation underscores the industry’s evolution, the need for technicians to update their skills continuously, and the overarching theme of safety and ongoing education in response to technological advancements.

The role of mechanical and technology specialists is changing faster than a pit stop at the Indy 500. Always know that training is a key pillar to your strategic success. We’re not just talking about keeping up with the latest tech but about staying ahead of the curve.

Show Notes:

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  • Technology Skills and Mindset (00:02:06)
    The conversation delves into the mindset and skills required for today’s technology specialists, emphasizing the blend of engineering knowledge and artisan skills.
  • Evolving Training with Technology (00:04:57)
    The evolution of training in response to technological advancements, including the need to adapt to industry trends and technician needs.
  • Youth in the Automotive Industry (00:06:53)
    Insights on the changing demographics in the automotive industry, including the increasing interest in technology and electronics among young technicians.
  • Preparing Future Specialists (00:09:47)
    Identifying and grooming individuals for technology specialist roles, emphasizing the importance of motivation, desire, and forward-thinking.
  • Traits of Successful Specialists (00:13:26)
    Key traits of successful technology specialists, including problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and the ability to anticipate future industry developments.
  • Recruiting and Identifying Talent (00:14:44)
    The recruitment of potential technology specialists, with an emphasis on identifying talent within the existing workforce and beyond.
  • The need for a different mindset (00:16:16)
    The need for individuals to adapt to new technologies and change their mindset.
  • Adapting to high-voltage electricity (00:17:12)
    The importance of understanding and respecting high voltage electricity and the need for proper training and safety measures.
  • Safety and training for electric vehicles (00:19:12)
    The necessity of safety and proper training for working on electric vehicles, emphasizing the need for awareness and respect rather than fear.
  • Changing approach to working on vehicles (00:21:31)
    The need to rethink traditional practices and prioritize safety when working on vehicles, especially in the context of electric vehicles.
  • Pre-qualifications and assessments for EV training (00:24:30)
    The importance of pre-qualifications and assessments for individuals attending EV training, emphasizing the need for certification and safety awareness.
  • The future of automotive technology (00:27:02)
    The future of automotive technology, including trends in alternative fuels and propulsion systems, and the evolving nature of the industry.
  • Embracing change and technology in the industry (00:28:55)
    The excitement and opportunities in embracing new technologies and changes in the automotive industry, emphasizing the need for continuous learning and adaptation.
  • Adapting to new roles in the industry (00:29:14)
    The shift away from traditional stereotypes in the automotive industry, focusing on the evolving roles and opportunities for individuals interested in technology.
  • The importance of conversational learning (00:32:53)
    The value of conversational and interactive learning, allowing for open discussions and addressing individual struggles and concerns during training.
  • The importance of class engagement (00:33:22)
    Encouraging conversational learning and active participation in training classes.
  • The value of asking questions (00:34:55)
    The importance of asking questions, even if they seem basic, to enhance learning for everyone.

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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

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