The Construction Foundation of BC and students from Chemainus Secondary School’s ‘Intro to Trades’ class participated in a two-day workshop this month. Students were introduced to the automotive industry through a presentation and multiple, hands-on activities to get a small taste of what working in the Automotive industry would look like and require. With safety at the forefront of all CFBC’s activities, safety protocols were a key component of the overall workshop.
Students from Grade 11-12 participated in a presentation that tied to the Automotive Industry. They were then able to apply the knowledge presented to them through hands-on experience of deconstructing of a single-piston, overhead valve small engine. Without a specific automotive program in place at Chemanius, participants were provided with the necessary tools to work through various exercises.
The students in the class included some who clearly had experience with engines, while others were being introduced to the automotive industry for the first time.
Both the presentation and the hands-on components of the workshop included the proper use of tools and techniques used in automotive shops and the industry as a whole. The students were also provided with information about what they could expect during an average day of work in an automotive shop.
Overall, the workshop was very well received and the CFBC is excited to develop more of these workshops in the near future. One of the workshop’s participants has already reached out about next steps she can take to pursue a career in automotive!