Archive for May 2011
Learn where to find the good jobs; job boards such as Automotive Employment, New Zealand have a wealth of information on them for both local and international job seekers. If you do not know how to use a computer you have an immediate disadvantage. In today’s world online employment applications have become the norm for the automotive industry. You can no longer expect to secure employment without a resume nor can you expect to secure employment without the ability to email the application.
To secure employment in the industry, it is well-advised to have relevant qualifications and in many countries this means completing a formal apprenticeship with your employer combined with a Trade Certificate. Next to that, relevant work experience and good character references from previous employers will place you ahead of other job-seekers. Another useful skill to have is the ability to keep informed about current market trends and new technologies. For instance, it will be significantly harder to find a job as a mechanic if your knowledge of parts only extends to kombi vans made prior to the 1980s. Stay on the ball by subscribing to facts and figures about new makes and models, their functions and specific components. If you have the right knowledge, the expertise associated with the job is one you can take to automotive industries all around the world.
Customers really appreciate thoughtful after-sale services – you should be prepared to go out of your way to make customers happy. This way, they will pick your service over others’, and spread the word about your positive attitude, thus guaranteeing a steady stream of business for both you and your employer. Be approachable – that goes without saying. Service industries rely on positive customer feedback, something that is impossible without your friendly, ready-for-action demeanour.
Your performance will be judged on the precision of your work. If you are not the attentive type, you could jeopardise not only a business deal, but also your client’s life. Botching a car repair could have deadly consequences – it isn’t something you want on your employment record. So if you are seriously determined to find automotive-related employment, you are already an eagle-eyed, honest person who puts his customers before himself.
As an employee in the automotive industry you need to be adaptable to changes in the trade. Currently there is a gradual shift to more carbon-conscious or ‘green’ technologies, while emission-producing processes have become more and more frowned upon.
Peter Wilson has worked in automotive recruitment most of his life. He specialises in placing mechanics jobs and vehicle industry jobs. Being a fully qualified mechanical engineer, he skillfully matches candidates to roles which would suit both them and their future employers.
Test and measurement equipment can be found in a wide array of shapes, sizes, prices and complicated features, however, have you ever taken a moment to think about the more conventional ways of measuring, which you can do in your own house, or in your own back yard, without spending tons of money on? Sometimes the best answers are the simplest ones, and this is exactly why I will focus purely on conventional means of measurement. If this article does not please you, you can always go for some used electronic test equipment. It is still cheaper and it will not have you do anything except press a button.
Tools that are normally used to measure volume, are generally used for smaller quantities. As the amount of material designated to be measured however increases, it becomes more efficient to measure mass. In cooking, most of the common measuring tools are wet and dry measuring cups. Wet measuring cups can be used to measure liquids in general, such as water or milk, and dry measuring cups can be used to measure ingredients, such as flour and sugar. So the first tool that enters the complicated list of conventional measurement equipment is the cup. If you want to be precise, use one cup, if you want quantity, then use more.
Length is a true measurement issue and has to be mastered by many house owners. The list of conventional measurement equipment continues here in a grand manner, by having you use a ruler to measure length. Yes, a ruler is a conventional tool and has been used for hundreds if nor thousands of years. An even more conventional tool is a line of string. You can purchase it from any store, and it will already be measured to have a certain length. You can later on use the piece of string to measure in your garden. The last and not least tool that fits in the line of conventional measurement equipment is closer to you than you think. I am talking about your hand. You have been measuring already I bet for years using the length of your palm, counting fingers or using your forearm. Have no worries, we all do it, and it works perfectly too. Yet another advanced tool in the line of conventional measurement equipment.
The last tool is used to measure weight and is called a scale. You may already have it in your house, and in case you do not, it will cost you around $20 to get one. Simply climb on it and wait. You will have an immediate result. Conventional tools are all around us, we just do not know it yet. Simply keep an open mind, and like I said, the simplest answers are usually the best ones.