APTC Automotive students in Fiji recently received a major boost to their Auto electrical training with the arrival of a major consignment of 'state of the art' electrical training simulators.
Automotive students traditionally struggle with electrical studies as they prefer to see and touch components to understand how they work. With electrics, they have to imagine somewhat, what is going through that piece of wire.
There has been an exponential growth in electrical and electronic devices in modern cars and we are now seeing cars using the electronics to make driving more economical with more powerful engines, transmissions that 'think for themselves' and safety aids that prevent wheels skidding when braking and even 'take over' when the electronics determine that a loss of control is imminent. Then there are the safety devices we've become accustomed to like Air Bags and seat belt pre-tensioners not to mention the convenience of comfort aids like climate control, electric mirrors and windows and even seats.
There seems to be no end in sight when it comes to electrics and electronics and modern cars and employers want and need mechanics who can embrace this technology, understand it, diagnose faults quickly and accurately and fix problems the first time. These new simulators will undoubtedly help our new generation mechanics fulfil the needs of the new generation car and satisfy the needs of employers.