Rather than a test to prove understanding, AERA has chosen to offer a comprehensive online training program leading to diploma-quality certificates in Cylinder Heads and Engine Machining. Technicians who successfully earn either certificate will hold proof that they have an elevated understanding of fundamentals of machining, measuring tools, shop safety, fasteners, engine theory, engine diagnosis, engine disassembly, component cleaning, inspection, crack detection and repair, component reconditioning and cylinder head and block resurfacing.
This program is an online, self-paced course with up to one year to complete. Gary Lewis’ book, Automotive Machining & Engine Repair, will be included with the $150 registration fee. Everything a technician will need is contained in the program with video clips and supplemental readings at key locations within the program. AERA says the book will be used as a syllabus when not online.
According to AERA, technicians may earn a certificate of completion by successfully finishing a program designed to teach and test detailed skills and practices of an operating engine machine shop. It elevates your status and chances of hire with prospective employers looking for qualified, teachable employees.
For shop owners, knowing that a prospective employee holds an AERA Certificate of completion in Cylinder Heads and/or Engine Machining increases your likelihood of hiring a productive and trainable shop technician. A new hire with an AERA certificate improves your chance of hiring and keeping qualified shop personnel, says the association.
For more information about the new certificate program or to register, email Karen Tendering at [email protected].