By David Chin
Students and drivers at East Los Angeles College should visit the Automotive Department for expertise advice and services at no cost for any car troubles.
ELAC instructors in the Automotive Department are certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and have a great deal of automotive diagnostics experience behind them.
The shop at ELAC has a total of 11 service bays with two alignment racks and a wheel dyno, which is to measure an engine’s horsepower output.
The chairman of the automotive department is Adrian Banuelos, who is a certified master technician that has experience as a technician with Mercedes Benz prior to teaching.
The staff works together with students to diagnose and perform the repairs necessary for all car-related problems.
Students can schedule an appointment to have their vehicle serviced or take a class in campus to learn how motor vehicles function and repair them when they fail in an engine performance. Students have the opportunity to learn hands-on experience in the class to prepare students’ skills for success out of the shop.
Students enrolled in this auto program vary on experience and skill level. Some have no experience others are paid technicians working together in groups. This makes a more fun and positive learning experience which allows students to work in a team environment.
Since it is almost the end of spring semester, auto tech may not be accepting any major services in the shop. Oil changes, tune ups, and other trouble shooting can be arranged. All services are must be approved before admitted into the shop.
Due to the shop being in a school, students should not expect their car to be repaired in a quick moment because some repairs and diagnostics may require more time.