Motive Power Technician students got a glimpse of their future in several ways last month. At the end of January, BMW Group Canada’s training manager and other representatives visited NC’s Welland Campus as part of a new partnership with the college. That partnership will connect Motive Power students and grads with employment opportunities across the country with BMW Group, and will provide a way for students to network directly with industry professionals who can give them an inside track on the industry.
Regular visits from BMW will also help students get a leg up on their competition when it comes to seeing what makes the car of the future ‘tick’. During their visit, BMW also brought with them an i3 electric car, as well as a self-driving sedan, allowing the students to poke and prod at what their future as automotive technicians could look like. Students also got a chance to ask questions and learn from industry professionals how one of the worlds premiere auto manufacturers operates their service department.
The visit from BMW’s electric cars was also a perfect opportunity to show off NC’s new 3,600 square-foot Green Automotive Lab, which includes open bays, a work area and classroom, and houses the latest in green automotive technologies, including electric charging stations, alternate fuel technology, diagnostic equipment, green technology simulators, and electric and hybrid vehicles.