Augusta County School's Department of Transportation Apprenticeship Program
The Augusta County Schools Department of TransportationApprenticeship program has been developed with the sole intent of assisting the departmental employees in the endeavor of attaining knowledge and acquiringskills required or related to each employee’s job in the TransportationDepartment. Employees will benefit by having the ability to perform duties oftheir job in a more knowledgeable and efficient manner, and being compensatedin accordance with the additional training and certification they have receivedand demonstrated. The employer will benefit by having a more highly trained andqualified personnel, and will be more efficient in maintaining the schoolsystem’s transportation fleet.
Participation in the Apprenticeship Program is VOLUNTARY.Employees who choose not to participate in the program will continue to workand progress on the Transportation staff pay scale. Employees who wish to participatewill be required to complete a prescribed course of study and a work processthat is determined by the Virginia Department of Labor and the employer.Registration in the apprentice program is required in order to receive thecertification once the requirements have been completed. Where appropriate,credit will be given for coursework already completed, and for work experience(processes) already completed. Documentation will be required for creditedcoursework or work experience.
The required coursework will be determined according to therelated job description. A core curriculum will be determined according to therelated job description. A core curriculum consisting of seven courses willbe required of each employee. Trade related (ASE) courses would make up theremaining eight required courses. Coursework will be completed throughthe Valley Vocational Technical Center, except in instances where course arenot offered, or another institution offers where a course more specificallyrelated to the employers needs.The employer and/or a representative of VVTC will determinecredit for prior coursework. A course description, outline, or syllabus, alongwith evidence of completion of the course with a passing grade of “C” or betterwill be required as a minimum before credit is given for prior coursework. Thetotal hours of required coursework varies between the classes offered by VVTCand the classes offered for certification under the guideline of the AutomotiveService Excellence classes required for certification stated in the requiredcoursework. The two sets of classes do not have the same number ofinstructional contact hours. Typically, 175-585 hours of instructional time isrequired, and typically thirteen classes can be taken.
The minimum requirement for work experience is set at 2000hours per year by the State Department of Labor and Industry. The scope of thework process for apprenticeship for the Augusta County Schools TransportationDepartment will be four years, or a total of 8000 hours. Credit may be givenfor up to 6000 hours (one year must be completed in the program) of properlydocumented work experience. Documentation of required work process completed isthe responsibility of the employee.
Documentation can be requested from the current or formeremployers.COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS
- Provided through VVTC, Fishersville, VA.
- Credit may be granted for courses successfully completed if course descriptions, outlines or syllabus is provided to determine the compatibility of courses.
- The required coursework must be successfully completed with a grade of “C”, or better, or must be marked “satisfactory”, or “pass”.
- Apprenticeship participants may take more than one class per session.
- The attendance Policy of the course provider must be adhered to at all times.
- ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) classes must be successfully completed and post course test passed in order to receive credit or reimbursement for courses taken.
WORK PROCESS (EXPERIENCE)
- Required work process determined by the VA. Department of Labor and Industry.
- 8000 hours (2000 hours/year for 4 years) required for completion of apprenticeship.
- It is the responsibility of the apprentice to maintain documentation of the work processes he/she has completed.
- Credit may be given, based on supervisor’s recommendation, for prior work experience in directly related field.
- A minimum of 2000 hours must be worked while enrolled in the apprenticeship program.
Successful completion of this apprenticeship program will entitleeach participant to receive certification in each of the required areas theparticipant will take instruction and successful completion of the tests of theNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Behaviors of Successful People
Employees will be reimbursed up to $500.00 for courses successfully completed towards completion of program
The cost of courses taken through VVTC will be established by Valley Vocational Technical Center
Specifications forAutomobile And School Bus ASE Certification Tests
Automotive Service Excellence
ASE 3 Drive Train 45 Hours
a. Clutch Diagnosis 4 hrs
b. Manual Transmissions Diagnosis 4 hrs
c. Automatic Transmissions Diagnosis and Repair 22 hrs
d. Drive Shaft and U-Joint Diagnosis and Repair 5 hrs
e. Drive Axle Diagnosis and Repair 10 hrs
ASE 4 Brakes 55 Hours
a. Air Brakes Diagnosis and Repair 31 hrs
b. Hydraulic Brakes Diagnosis and Repair 20 hrs
c. Wheel Bearing Diagnosis and Repair 4 hrs
ASE 5 Suspension and Starting 50 Hours
a. Steering Systems and Diagnosis and Repair 17hrs
b. Suspension Systems Diagnosis and Repairs 17 hrs
c. Wheel Alignment 8 hrs
d. Wheel and Tires 6 hrs
e. Frame Service and Repair 2 hrs
ASE 6 Electrical/Electronics Systems 45 Hours
a. General Electrical Diagnosis 7 hrs
b. Battery Diagnosis 4 hrs
c. Starting System Diagnosis 8 hrs
d. Charging Systems 7 hrs
e. Lighting Systems 15 hrs
f. Gauges and Instruments Warning Devices 4 hrs
ASE 7 Air Conditioning Systems and Controls 50 Hours
a. A/C Systems Diagnosis 18 hrs
b. A/C Component Diagnosis 15 hrs
c. Operating Systems and Related Controls Diagnosis 14 hrs
d. Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling and handling 3 hrs
ASE T1 Gasoline Engines 60 Hours
a. General Engine Diagnosis 11 hrs
b. Cylinder Head and Valve Train Diagnosis 5 hrs
c. Engine Block Diagnosis 5 hrs
d. Lubrication and Cooling Systems Diagnosis 4 hrs
e. Ignition Systems Diagnosis 7 hrs
f. Fuel and Exhaust Systems 7 hrs
g. Battery, Starting and Charging Systems 6 hrs
h. Emission Control Diagnosis and repair 6 hrs
i. Computerized Engine Controls System Diagnosis 9 hrs
Fees forASE Courses
The completion of the coursework within the ApprenticeshipProgram can be completed over a two to six year timeframe.
Employees may earn additions of 5 percent to fifteenpercent increases to salaries with successful completion of coursework and jobrelated experience.
Completion of 2 Core Courses and 3 ASE Courses 5 classes (5% Increase)
Completion of 4 Core Courses
& 6 ASE Course 10 classes (5% Additional Increase)
Completion of 7 Core Courses 15 classes (5% Additional Increase)
& 8 ASES Courses
Over the time period and with successful completion of
the fifteen courses, the employee could receive a total
of fifteen percent increase of five percent increments
in salary compensation.
Participants may choose to take courses within the established curriculum in any order the employee chooses.
Employees must have successfully completed all thirteen courses within the established curriculum to eligible for the maximum percentage pay increase.
Transportation (Garage) Employees
Beginning Computers Intro to Windows XP
Behaviors of Successful People
Automotive Service Excellence Courses
ASE 1 Body Systems and Special Equipment
ASE 2 Diesel Engines
ASE 3 Drive Train
ASE 4 Brakes
ASE 5 Suspension and Starting
ASE 6 Electrical/Electronics Systems
ASE 7 Air Conditioning Systems and Controls
ASE T1 Gasoline Engines
5 % Pay increase w/successful completion of Level 1
5 offered course must be completed (2 Core & 3 ASE Courses)
2 years OJT (1 year may be waived
An additional 5 % Pay Increase w/successful completion of Level 2
10 offered courses must be completed (4 Core Course & 6 ASE Courses)
4 years OJT (3 years may be waived)
An additional 5 % Pay Increase w/ successful completion of Level 3
All 15 offered courses must be completed (7 Core Course & 8 ASE Course)
6 years OJT 4 years may be waived
Employees must be able to successfully demonstrate mastery of skills learned in class.
Employees who take coursework must have on the job training to accompany each of the ASE courses offered.
Departmentof TransportationEmployeeWork ProcessesAutoMechanic Hours
Total Hours: 8000