AVAILABLE TO SECOND YEAR STUDENTS: ADVANCED TRUCK MECHANICS
Students repair and service the systems and components on light and heavy duty trucks and sports utility vehicles. Students are prepared for jobs in the auto/truck/heavy equipment industry. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:
Michael Cortese earned his A.S. degree in Automotive Technology and an A.A. in General Studies while attending Evergreen Valley College. Mr. Cortese worked at Swanson Ford for eleven years, starting as an apprentice participating in the Ford ASSET Program. He progressed to a Journeyman in 1996. He obtained Ford Master Technician certification in 1999 and ended his career there as a Ford Senior Master Automotive Technician in 2004. During his last years with Swanson, Mr. Cortese acted as a mentor who trained incoming apprentices from the Ford ASSET Program. He received ASE certification as a Master Automotive Technician in 2000 and ASE certification as a Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician in 2005. He has invested approximately 1500 hours in ASE and Ford factory training. For more than 14 years, Mr. Cortese has worked at maintaining and repairing heavy farm equipment.