Cutting-Edge Updates Make St. Clair's Automotive Service Technician Program More Competitive
Windsor, Ontario - St. Clair College's Automotive Service Technician program is full of new new state-of-the-art equipment and cutting edge updates. Program Coordinator Dan Vincent said these necessary upgrades allow for more portable and high-tech learning and have made St. Clair's program much more competitive.

"There's more of an interest from students with this new equipment," said Vincent. "I don't think there's another Ontario college that has the same capabilities we have here. And we're probably only one of three or four locations in the province – not just colleges – with some of the equipment we have."

Dan Vincent at one of the new portable diagnostic stations.
Dan Vincent at one of the new portable diagnostic stations.

Some of the updates include:

  1. New system boards: "Instead of having the students try to take the car apart to learn the car's systems, these eight new system boards allow them to learn and understand how systems work, use the test equipment to test the system, and then go to the car and apply that application," said Vincent. "So it's no longer taking apart the car and then diagnosing the problem. Now we teach students the system, then once they understand the system, they can take the car apart."
  2. Portable diagnostic stations: "Students take a desktop computer on a portable cart and bring them right up and connect them to the engines to work on them," explained Vincent. "Once the student takes the portable desktop to the car, they don't have to move from the car anymore, which is much like industry is doing today. And you can enter into the car's computer network wirelessly and display it on the big screen."
  3. New Engine Dynamometer, used by many of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and a new Dynojet Chassis Dynanometer, which no other Ontario college has. Both these systems were updated to computer-controlled state-of-the-art technology this year. "St. Clair is one of the first 100 facilities in throughout North America to have this latest technology, and we are factory trained on both these advanced pieces of equipment," said Vincent.
  4. New 2015 diagnostic test engines: "These are ideal because students can work on an engine without hanging over the fender," explained Vincent.

The automotive industry is changing rapidly as we move more toward things like vehicle-to-vehicle communications, accident avoidance and driverless cars, said Vincent.

"The program has moved forward as well and we're close to the top of the pack with the technology we now have," he said.

Dan Vincent with one of the new system boards.
Dan Vincent with one of the new system boards.
Dan Vincent with one of the new system boards.
Dan Vincent with one of the new system boards.
Dan Vincent at one of the new portable diagnostic stations.
Dan Vincent at one of the new portable diagnostic stations.
Engine Dynamometer (Dyno)
Engine Dynamometer (Dyno)
Here is a picture of the DynoJet Chassis Dynamometer in use. This Corvette is from the American Road Race Series, and is being tuned by a former student.
Here is a picture of the DynoJet Chassis Dynamometer in use. This Corvette is from the American Road Race Series, and is being tuned by a former student.
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