ATMC Conference Provides Insight into Benefits of Online Courses

National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) National Instructor Mark Schmidt got a glimpse into the future of e-learning as it relates to automotive training at the Automotive Training Managers Council Conference April 11-13 in Englewood, Colorado.

Presenters included representatives from Adayana, Jiffy Lube, SRI International Sarnoff, Electude, Toyota, Honda and Pacific Technology Solutions.

“Jiffy Lube’s presentation was especially interesting,” Schmidt noted. “They emphasized the importance of training as it relates to keeping employee turnover low. That is beneficial for automotive instructors to know because they are training future technicians.”

Schmidt also said he enjoyed hearing about the cutting edge technology advances Sarnoff is making when it comes to visual instruction, voice recognition and statistical analysis.

“What they are creating is going to change the way we train automotive technicians, how we approach vehicles,” Schmidt added. “And, Electude’s e-learning opportunities are interactive and specific. All of these developments will be valuable to our National Training Centers.”

According to Electude’s website, the company develops simulation-based e-learning modules. Their product, Argo, allows students to learn about the complete vehicle, from bumper to bumper, as well as teaching them how to maintain and repair cars, by using interactive animations and simulations.

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ATMC Conference attendees listen to a presentation by Tony Rotundo of Pacific Technologies Solutions about automotive training applications for smart phones. Credit: ATMC

In addition, John Saia and Steve Roberts gave updates about training programs within Toyota and Honda, respectively; while Tony Rotundo discussed the development of smart phone applications for automotive training.

“The presentations were timely and captivating and the opportunities to make connections with others in the training industry were abundant,” said Dave Milne, ATMC president.

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