2014 Automotive Service Technician Graduate
Automotive Service Technician at First Acura in Seekonk, MA
"MTTI gives you the first step in this industry. It’s up to you how far you want to go, how much you want to learn. After you graduate and go to work keep learning. Never stop learning!"
I liked working as a line cook, but wanted a change. I came home from work every day smelling like barbecue sauce. I began thinking about starting a new career—something that would be different all the time, and would have a good future.
A friend suggested I visit MTTI. When I walked in the door I saw friendly faces. I toured the automotive shop and saw something I wanted to do—something for myself.
It wasn’t easy to go back to school. The way the school teaches—hands-on—really helped.
If I didn’t understand something in the classroom, I would understand it when I saw it, and worked on it, in the shop.
English is not my first language, so learning the names of parts was challenging. During the program we learned how to research information using ALLDATA and automotive websites.
The teachers are great. Rich and Glen have a lot of skill.
Rich makes it interesting. And they always treated me with respect.
I also liked how the class worked as a team; everyone helped one another. Over time in the program, I started to feel comfortable and confident about my skills.
I love my job as a Service Technician at First Acura in Seekonk, MA.
I was a little nervous when I started, but I was able to watch someone before doing a job myself. It’s just like school, except that I get paid!
I work primarily in dealer maintenance. I check and rotate tires, replace wipers, make sure the car is up-to-date on service, recommend and upsell services—for example cleaning or changing the air filter. I work sometimes in a two-man team and also by myself, providing accelerated service. This is the first step—if I prove myself in maintenance, I can grow into other opportunities at Acura to repair cars.
I thank God, and MTTI, for being where I am at this moment in my life — working.
MTTI gives you the first step in this industry. It’s up to you how far you want to go, how much you want to learn. My advice to everyone when they go back to school, or a start a new job, is to ask questions, and not be afraid of saying to someone, ‘can you give me a hand?’ After you graduate and go to work keep learning. Never stop learning!
Photo: Byron Solorzano and Bolivar Maldonado in MTTI's Auto Shop. Bolivar eventually joined Byron at Acura in Seekonk, where they work together.