NASTF General Meetings
ROAD TO GREAT TECHNICIANS NEEDS INDUSTRY BUY-IN
“Building the Road to GREAT Technicians” was the featured topic of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring 2016 General Meeting, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Overland Park, Kansas. “The automotive service industry has been very good to me, but I won’t recommend it to my daughters for their career,” said Kevin FitzPatrick, President of Autologic Diagnostics. “And it’s not because of the pay scale. It’s because it’s disorganized and doesn’t take advantage of the most talented kids that come to us.”
On this topic Rob Morrell, Training Director for WORLDPAC moderated a series of presentations from experts including:
- Kevin FitzPatrick, President, Autologic Diagnostics Inc
- Bob Augustine, Training Director, Christian Brothers Automotive
- Mark Saxonberg, Mgr, Alt. Fuel Vehicles/Envir., Industry/Govt. Relations, Toyota Motor Sales
- Jill Saunders, Engineer Tech Info & Diagnostics, Toyota Motor Sales
- Kurt Immekus, Service Publication Regulatory Specialist for Volkswagen
- John Latner, Training Manager, ACDelco
- Trish Serratore, President, NATEF/AYES
- Scott Brown, President, iATN
- Chris Chesney, Sr. Director of Customer Training, CARQUEST Technical Institute
The challenge of finding qualified technicians is well documented in the automotive service industry and that challenge is expected to become even greater as vehicle technology continues to proliferate.
“It’s essential we figure how to keep the pipeline of new students full and how to make them GREAT technicians for a lifetime,” said Saxonberg.
“We need to drop our brand and affiliations and come together on this,” Chesney challenged. “Our industry needs to adopt a single, common message that will connect with technicians from high school through retirement.”
Presenters portrayed a disorganized industry highlighting several competing initiatives from both the automaker’s and the aftermarket. “We have many great training programs and several respectable student recruiting programs,” noted Morrell. “I hope this discussion compels organization.” NASTF is inviting all industry stakeholders to engage in the discussion to find a solution to this critical need. NASTF’s Education Committee will continue the work begun with this session.
The entire three-hour meeting, including reports from each of NASTF’s six project committees was webcast by iATN from www.nastf.org and recorded for future viewing from the NASTF YouTube page, www.youtube.com/NASTFdotORG.
The NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting featured two important discussions, Cybersecurity and the Future of Auto Repair and SAE J2534 version 5.0 followed by brief presentations from NASTF committees including Communications, Vehicle Security, Education, Equipment & Tool, Collision Repair and Service Information.
CYBERSECURITY & THE FUTURE OF AUTO REPAIR
Donny Seyfer (Co-owner Seyfer Automotive, pictured center) interviewed Milan Patel (IBM) and Mohan Sethi (Mahle) in the first of two featured sessions, November 4 in Las Vegas at the NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting. Cybersecurity and the Future of Auto Repair examined the complexities of vehicle electronics to identify cyber hacking vulnerabilities of concern to OEMs and to repair shops. No video or audio recording is available but key points of the session are captured in a written summary (click here) contributed by attendee Bob Augustine of Christian Brothers Automotive.
SAE J2534 DISCUSSION REVEALS OPPORTUNITY, CHALLENGE
Greg Potter (Executive Manager of the Equipment & Tool Institute, pictured far right) was moderator of the second feature session in NASTF's Fall 2015 General Meeting, SAE J2534 Version 5.0. Jill Saunders (Toyota, near left), Kurt Immekus (VW) and Bernie Carr (Bosch) examined the opportunities and obstacles facing OEMs and tool makers as vehicle interface devices transition from the limited design for emission service to the bumper-to-bumper realm of full diagnostics and programming. No video or audio recording is available but key points of the session are captured in a story by industry writer, Bob Chabot (ManicMedia) in the March 2016 edition of Motor Magazine, www.motor.com/magazine-summary/j2534-looking-forward-and-looking-back/.
PARTS & PEOPLE writer, Michael Anderson, captured the key points of sessions from NASTF's the Fall 2015 General Meeting in his story "NASTF Meeting Examines Cyber Threats for the Connected Vehicle" published January 2016.
NASTF@AASP-NJ Northeast Spring 2015 General Meeting - Thursday, March 19, 2015, 1-4:30pm ET, Secaucus, NJ (New York City Metro)
Read the post-event summary in a press release HERE. (pdf download)
Watch videos of the event on the NASTF You Tube Channel: Collision Panel, MB TRP, Committee Segment
NASTF@VISION2013 (Spring 2013 General Meeting, March 8, Overland Park, KS)
View the post-event press release HERE. (pdf download)
View presentation videos from the NASTF YouTube Channel.
For meeting reports from past meetings, click here.