Our local car shop is looking to hire an automotive/collision intern to perform maintenance and repair work on vehicles, mainly sports cars such as the Ford Mustang model.

What you will learn:

Work includes the diagnosis of vehicle breakdowns and preventative maintenance tasks, including oil changes, tire rotation, air filter replacement, tune-ups, and manufacturer-recommended fluid changes and systems checks.

An ideal candidate will possess physical strength, manual dexterity and an aptitude for understanding mechanical and electrical systems. They will have good communication skills to consult and collaborate with fellow mechanics and explain vehicle diagnoses to customers, along with providing recommendations for vehicle longevity and excellent function.

Applicants must show a willingness to obey all safety rules and regulations with exactness and show honesty and integrity and enthusiasm for all tasks. 

Specific training will include:

  • Brakes
  • Engine repair
  • Engine performance
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Manual drive train and axles
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Electrical systems
  • Automatic and manual transmissions

Automotive intern technicians and mechanics typically do the following:

  • Identify problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience
  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads, wheel bearings, and sensors
  • Perform repairs to manufacturer and customer specifications
  • Explain automotive problems and repairs to clients

CPC Interns will learn all skill necessary to not only perform mechanic functions but also collision repair.

Upon completion of the intern program, students are able to: 

  • Identify and repair a variety of vehicle bodies with different frame types, components, and structure chemistries while adhering to industry standard procedures. 
  • Refinish collision repairs on a vehicle using various paints, primers, sealers, and tools according to I-CAR and ASE standards. 
  • Create collision repair estimates using industry recognized computer software in accordance with industry standards. 

Shop lessons include instruction coupled with hands-on training.

Students learn welding procedures, diagnostic and repair procedures, body part alignment processes, metal finishing/shrinking/ filling techniques, auto body electrical wiring systems, body section replacement and structural sectioning practices, body damage estimating techniques, auto body construction methods, paint color application skills, and body shop practices.