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Frank Massey: The rise of the oscilloscope

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In the fourth and final part of his series, Massey explores the skills required to be a modern vehicle technician

History shows that personal vehicle ownership is a privilege, not a right. I believe that the future lies with a fully integrated public transport system operating in harmony with personal transport. This is made more likely by sharp increases in operating and ownership costs. Drivers will move to leasing and short-term rental over ownership. Such a shift will undoubtedly affect all sectors of our industry.

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Mon, 08/12/2019
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Frank Massey: Three step guide to finding faults

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In part three of Frank Massey's story, he explains how a more methodical, multi-modal approach to fault diagnosis is the best way to work

Evaluating vehicle faults is a highly skilled job. It’s absolutely crucial to clarify the difference between responding to a measured value and offering an opinion based on experience. There can be no excuse for internet-based guesswork; however, we are all human and I will fully admit to leaning on my intuition.

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Mon, 08/05/2019
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Frank Massey: Component knowledge

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In part two of Frank Massey’s series, he discusses the lessons he learned from his days as an aircraft assembler and how it helped him become an exemplary technician

In 1979 and I was an airframe technician on final assembly at BAE’s military aircraft division at Warton, Preston, which involved fitting the swing wings, tailerons and fins.

A background in precision engineering made my move into aircraft assembly relatively comfortable, and the recruitment drive at the time attracted many automotive technicians.

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Mon, 07/29/2019
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Frank Massey: Making a model technician

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In the first of a four part series, the country's preeminent diagnostician Frank Massey FIMI, looks at his own career to draw lessons for future generations

Three words sum up the most important qualities you need as a vehicle technician: passion, dedication, determination. Technology may change, but these qualities endure and are as important today as they were 50 years ago when I started out.

My story actually begins long before June 1968, the date I formally began my automotive career. It starts when I was a young lad living with my uncle and helping to build guider trucks: basically a wooden plank with a crossbeam at the front pivoting on a coach bolt – and fitted with the biggest pram wheels you could find!

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Mon, 07/22/2019
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My motoring inspirations: Cat Treanor

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The UK-Electude business development manager shares her passion for the industry, and how she’s fighting stereotypes

What first got you interested in the motor industry?

My school hosted a technology day when I was in Year 7, it was my first taster of revving an engine and checking the oil level. From then on, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.

But then it became challenging...?

At every stage since then I was told that this was not an informed decision. I had to jump through hoops to show that I had what it takes and that this wasn’t a career choice on a whim.

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Thu, 07/11/2019
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How to succeed in a job interview: tips and techniques for automotive professionals

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Online interviews. Face-to-face interviews. They’re all stressful. But there are a few key techniques that will help

Online interviews. Face-to-face interviews. They’re all stressful. But there are a few key techniques that will help

Online interviews. Face-to-face interviews. They’re all stressful. But there are a few key techniques that will help

Nowhere is mastering technology more apparent than in the recruitment process: telephone and Skype interviews are commonplace; assessment centres and advanced personality and aptitude tests the norm; and artificial intelligence is beginning to be used effectively…        

But at the heart of any recruitment process, the interview still remains crucial. And if you can master it then, all things being equal, you will always have an edge over your competition.

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Mon, 07/01/2019
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From redundancy to recovery: How Tom Maunder turned around his independent garage

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A strong, solid team. High satisfaction rates. A family-run atmosphere. Tom Maunder's award-winning Scuffed Up has lessons for many garage and workshop owners...

When Tom Maunder found himself redundant at Christmas 2016, it was a case of history repeating itself. The paint shop technician from south Wales had previously lost his jobs working for two different car manufacturers at the same time of year.

Following a spell where he was “working for any old back street garage trying to make my way”, Tom got a job at a Chips Away franchise in Llansamlet, near Swansea. Just over a year in, the business foundered and he was out of work yet again.

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Fri, 05/31/2019
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