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How to Hammer Out Car Dents Completely: Tips from a Collision Repair Technician

When a car’s body is dented, the sheet metal’s integrity is altered. To rework it back to its original shape, collision repair technicians purposefully apply tools and proper techniques. Whether you’re embarking on your own DIY dent removal or just interested in seeing what the process entails from an expert’s point of view, the following […]

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HEMI Engines 101: A Motorhead’s Favorite

There’s a lot of engine types and variations out there—diesel, gas, inline, turbo. No matter what engine makes it onto your best of list, just about every motorhead out there can make room for a HEMI. What makes the HEMI such a special engine? Automotive Training Center decided to help you find out. Check out our introductory […]

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Should You Use Aftermarket Auto Parts or OEM Parts for Your Next Car Project?

DIY auto enthusiasts are certainly no strangers to the performance advantages of aftermarket auto parts, but manufacturer-made parts also bring their own unique benefits. When you start a new project in the shop, do you consider both aftermarket and OEM parts or just automatically go for one over the other? For your next car project, […]

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How to Measure Horsepower Using a Dynamometer

ATC’s chassis dynamometer is one the main hi-performance testing tools our instructors and students use to measure an engine’s power output. And when that light changes from red to green, you better believe it attracts a crowd of spectators. In the following blog post, we’ll help you get a better feel for the finer points […]

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4WD vs. AWD: What’s the Difference?

While the terms “four-wheel drive” and “all-wheel drive” may be used interchangeably among the general public, Automotive Training Center’s (ATC’s) students and instructors know the fundamental difference between these two drivetrains. Interested in learning about the performance, cost, and handling distinctions of 4WD vs. AWD vehicles? Read our comparison and you’ll get quickly up to […]

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Your Career Possibilities After Vo-Tech + ATC

Vo-tech used to be the only required training for aspiring automotive and marine technicians, but as the auto industry has advanced, so have the training requirements for technicians in the field. Today’s employers actively seek candidates who already have two years of post-secondary training under their belts. Classroom theory and hands-on, shop-based practice can help […]

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Welding 101 for Collision Technicians

A proper weld creates a high-strength bond that fuses two metal pieces. In collision repair work, this bond is instrumental in the refortification process as technicians piece together the structure of a damaged vehicle. That being said, an improper weld can seriously compromise a vehicle’s structural integrity and the safety of its passengers on board. […]

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Beyond Changing Oil: The Advanced Skills You’ll Develop at an Auto Training School

A common stigma is that automotive training school will only teach students the basics of mechanic responsibilities. However, the comprehensive hands-on career training at a private post-secondary automotive training school goes far beyond teaching you how to change a car or truck’s oil. We want to make sure that you’re not confused as to where […]

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What Does an Engine Dynamometer Do?

Marine and automotive technicians are constantly required to fine-tune engines to ensure that they deliver optimal performance. Engines are crucial to the propulsion of any vehicle or marine vessel, and any issues will leave drivers frustrated and looking for a solution from an experienced technician. One of the many ways that these technicians tune engines […]

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