One of the key early partners in the Shoreline Community College automotive program is building on that relationship.
“This is an opportunity to reinforce our involvement with the top automotive training school in the country,” Frederick Brookhouse, Business Development Manager for Snap-on Tools, said Tuesday, June 2, 2009 during a luncheon at the SCC Automotive Technology Training Center.
SCC, the state of Washington and the Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association are working together to build a 26,000-square-foot expansion to the training center. In conjunction with the expansion, Snap-on will partner with SCC and the dealers association on a training program for Snap-on automotive diagnostic tools. “Technicians use our diagnostic tools, but a survey showed many don’t use all of the features,” Brookhouse said, adding that the training will help technicians provide better service.
“We’re very pleased that Snap-on will partner with Shoreline Community College on this new training program,” said Don Schultz, director of SCC training center. “They were there for us at the beginning and we’re happy to be able to expand the relationship.”
Schultz, a founder of the SCC training center, said that over the years, Snap-on has donated $1.2 million worth of tools to the program. While the SCC has manufacturer-specific training programs for Toyota, Honda, General Motors and Chrysler, every vehicle bay has a Snap-On tool box, along with many of the tools. “Snap-On has been a very good partner,” Schultz said.
That partnership may have an opportunity to expand even further than the diagnostics training program.
Brookhouse said Snap-on is an active player in green technologies and industries. In January, Snap-on Industrial, a division of Snap-on Tools Co., convened a wind-power summit at its Kenosha, Wis., headquarters. Key members of industry, trade associations, labor groups, government officials and technical colleges met to talk about the future needs of both the American and global wind-power markets.
What's in a name?
The name Snap-on represents the first step in the company's ground-breaking history: creating interchangeable tools. In 1920, Joseph Johnson and William Seidermann manufactured and sold sets of 10 sockets that would "snap on" to five different wrench handles. The design put Johnson and Seidermann's Snap-on Wrench Company at the forefront of the tool industry.
“We’re going to do the same thing this December around the idea of advance propulsion systems,” Brookhouse said. “I’d like to extend an invitation to (Shoreline Community College) to participate in that summit.”
SCC President Lee Lambert, seated next to Brookhouse, said he was honored by the invitation and that college officials would make the necessary arrangements to attend. “It dovetails nicely with the work we are doing here with not only our automotive partners as they implement hybrid and plug-in technology, but our solar-energy program,” Lambert said.
The solar connection resonated with Brookhouse, who toured SCC’s Zero Energy House with program director Mike Nelson. Brookhouse also lives in a solar house that he built himself. “It won’t be long before the automobile is an integral part of the energy solution, an energy sink, feeding the house and grid,” Brookhouse said.
Brookhouse added that the education connection is a core piece of the Snap-on philosophy. “We’re big in industry, but training is not our expertise,” he said, adding that the company developed an education and training model with Gateway Community College in Kenosha. “That’s what you do well.”