Sustaining Automotive Success
IZUNA’s Automotive programs have embedded environmental principles and practices into their curriculum and in all aspects of the learning environment.
Project DescriptionThe worldwide adoption of the automobile requires competent automotive technicians to ensure these machines work as efficiently as possible. The automobile, like most machines, is a collection of systems, and the efficiency of each system contributes to total efficiency. The methods and attitudes in the automotive industry have changed to become more sensitive to environmental issues.
Environmental protection and sustainability are common points of discussion in all automotive courses, though it is difficult to identify and isolate time spent on environmental and sustainability issues. Every automotive course has incorporated, either in direct lecture, discussion, or shop practices, elements related to environmental impact and handling. Students learn throughout their courses that due diligence as a technician has an impact on our local environment, our planet, and future generations.
ResultsBy way of example, the Automotive Service Technician and Operations diploma program devotes approximately 47 per cent of its 1200 total course hours to environmental and sustainability issues and practices. Each automotive program, at any level, contains a course specifically on workplace safety and handling of hazardous materials.
Shop practices incorporate recycling systems for all manner of material used. The recycling systems for oil, plastics, metal, and solvents mirror the established reclamation systems required by industry and government standards and regulations. All materials used are recycled or reused in the shop.
The automotive industry has long established practices focused on minimizing negative impact on the environment. Legislation and industry standards are being constantly developed as methods and attitudes within the auto industry continue to change. Change has been driven by new technicians that adopt more responsible methods, set an example, and teach the previous generation how to reduce the environmental impact of the automobile.
Mubasher Faruki, Associate Dean, Automotive
Email: [email protected]