Fort Motors Dealership in British Columbia Donates F-150 to Northern Lights College

#DealershipsGivingBack: Fort Motors President Bud Williamson says this was a great opportunity to team up with Northern Lights College.

“We get a lot of kids from the college to work here. One of the instructors is our transmission guy. It’s important to support the industry, and it’s a benefit for us to support the great college we have here,” says Williamson.

According to program instructor Eddie Kristiansen, this donation will help jumpstart his teaching of advanced diagnostics.

“We’re going to be looking at different sensors and sensor operations, and how the communication circuit works. We’ll use oscilloscopes to look at the waveforms of certain things to know what a good waveform looks like,” says Kristiansen.

Vehicles are becoming increasingly computerized, and technology is constantly changing. Having the opportunity to work with the most up to date systems may give students a leg up on the competition.

“Now you’re dealing with 30, 40, 50 control modules inside a vehicle as opposed to back in the ’80s, if you had one or two you would shock people.”

Kristiansen admits there are two types of mechanics, the old school type and the new school type.

“You get some guys that want to throw a carburetor onto something to add horsepower and drive around. But you get some people that want the turn-key reliability and fuel injection,” says Kristiansen.

The Automotive Services Technician program at Northern Lights College is a 4-year apprentice program. Automotive Service Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Red Seal program.

Source: Local Ford dealership donates truck to Northern Lights College