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auto cars · trucks · jobbers c-stores · installers · recyclers carwashes · service stations dealers · garages · body shops trucking may 2012 $4.95 without sponsors their would be no atlantic racing see page 56 shortcut through maine see page 12 rank really does have its privileges being an auto mechanic in today s world see page 48 auto industry awards night in halifax ns see page 54 win prizes a brand new tomtom xl 350 gps navigator or a napa 126 piece tool set crossword guess win details on pages 69 and 70 owned and published by alfers advertising publishing inc publications mail sales agreement number 40062985

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let s hear from you have something you want to tell us maybe a comment suggestion or even some criticism then please contact us we d love to hear from you and we ll respond to you as well call us toll-free 1-866-423-3939 fax us 1-902-423-3354 e-mail us rob@autoatlantic.com mail us 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 auto volumeeleven · issue 3 · m a y · 2 0 1 2 atlantic trucking being an auto mechanic today page 6 there s a number of reasons to consider membership in this rewarding career writes terry waterfield the third choice ­ many learners choose not to pursue apprenticeships and that s a shame says our editor beloved accountant passes on ­ william shellnutt leaves a legacy admired by many it s in your `tude dude getting passionate about your product transfers into sales says writer gavin brown i can see clearly now ­ crack may be whack but your windshield is something that matters and needs to be looked after says writer jay lerue it s not what you know it s what you think ­ life long learning is a must in today s auto aftermarket emphasizes contributor bob greenwood thirty years at krown in halifax ­ the legere family keeps a thriving business rolling over three decades east coast road report ­ if it s spring it must mean weight restrictions speed bumps a reader writes with passion for his profession you can get there from here ­ green technology dazzles at the canadian international auto show rank has its privileges ­ rank and reward come in many forms says contributor ellen voie this just in ­ aha the ol toothpaste on the license plate trick and other automotive sins you just had to know about automotive sector council honours the employee at awards night ­ industry stakeholders come out to fete the best of the best scotia speedworld celebrates 25th anniversary ­ there s history in them thar tracks iconic racetrack celebrates major milestone spotless spring cleaning tips for your customers car ­ cleanliness is next to godliness or at least to protect your investment win big a tomtom gps from national energy equipment or a napa 126 piece tool set in our 2 big contests m a y 2012 n autoatlantic.com page 4 advertising directory page 68 publisher owner robert alfers rob@autoatlantic.com client services manager susan regan sue@autoatlantic.com editor carter hammett carter@autoatlantic.com printing mailing advocate printing ltd advocateprinting.com auto atlantic magazine is owned and published bi-monthly by robert alfers of alfers advertising publishing inc for advertising rates or information regarding auto atlantic magazine please call or write to us at 51 bethany way halifax nova scotia b3s 1h6 tel 902.423.6788 fax 902.423.3354 opinions expressed in auto atlantic do not necessarily reflect official policy of alfers advertising publishing inc printed and produced in canada page 15 page 16 page 18 page 20 page 30 page 34 page 36 page 42 page 48 page 52 page 54 page 62 page 66 member aia canada aaia ata and the ama publications mail agreement no 40062985 return undeliverable canadian addresses to alfers advertising publishing inc 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 page 69 page 70 3

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letter from the editor the third choice i by carter hammett t remains a sad fact skills shortages experienced by trades across the country continue to be a major issue despite all the evidence that suggests career opportunities in automotive power in the atlantic region and nationally remains positive there are still far too many young people being lured away from the maritimes by a perception of riper fruit in provinces like ontario and alberta video game design and social media may be a lot hipper but careers in the automotive trades tend to offer long term stability healthy salaries and lots of opportunities for growth still employers have been slow to wake up to this a 2006 study released by the canadian apprenticeship forum shows that only two-in-10 employers across multiple sectors currently employ apprentices in canada about 55 per cent surveyed suggested that employers have never hired apprentices the upside is that 90 per cent of companies surveyed displayed a positive opinion of apprenticeship training in canada suggesting that that there were few presenting barriers regarding the image of apprenticeship training amongst employers still youth continue to display negative attitudes about the trades this is where labour market information lmi can play a valuable role available through agencies like nova scotia s automotive human resource sector council and sites like www workingincanada.gc.ca lmi breaks down occupational information across the country and lets learners observe salary information educational requirements and future trends and outlooks why buy new when used will do 1-800-565-2433 n recycled replacement auto parts n rebuilders available n parts locating service 4 autoatlantic.com nmay 2012 even though education is a provincial responsibility a scan through the provinces labour market outlooks suggests positive growth and somewhat healthy salaries for people entering the motive trades during the next three-to-five years furthermore emerging trends like green technology will impact skill sets and training requirements as new and more energy efficient car models hit the road in years to come from apprenticesearch.com you may decide to specialize in fuel and electrical systems transmission alignment and brakes or become a truck and coach technician if you work in a large shop that encourages you to specialize in one specific area you could be employed by a small shop and be required to work in all areas most people who work in this field work year-round fulltime mostly indoors with exposure to noise vibration liquids fumes and odours covered by workplace regulations employers who might hire you include automobile dealers motor vehicle manufacturers automotive parts and accessories stores and motor vehicle parts manufacturers a survey of salary averages in the atlantic region suggests a range of $17 20 depending on where you re located obviously as skills and expertise improve wages increase interestingly most opportunities seem to exist in rural areas all of this bodes well for our current issue which focuses on apprenticeships and careers in automotive service bob greenwood discusses the need to have a work culture and attitudes that reflect learning and a focus on customer service another regular contributor ellen voie talks about the value of joining associations this is especially true for recent graduates who need to learn the benefits of safety in numbers as well as power of networking which is especially powerful in this who-you-know culture associations also have a major role to play in advocacy professional development recruitment standards and a host of other benefits and services not found elsewhere one of our newest contributors jay lerue offers some useful maintenance tips for cleaning your car and windbrookside road truro ns shield care as well i also had the opportunity phone 902 897-0252 to visit the canadian internafax 902 897-2854 tional autoshow in toronto in february and observe some vancehanesautoparts.com of the downright space age daily shipping anywhere designs that looked like they were something out of star wars they were fun enlightening and reflective of a fickle market that thrives on change and while there appears to be no skills shortages on the design end of things let s not forget the value of our journeymen who ensure you can get there from here.

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in the garage being an auto mechanic today eing an auto mechanic in today s automotive world is a far different experience than it was 20 or 30 years ago back then cars were pretty simple and an auto mechanic with basic knowledge could cope with whatever the industry threw at him today with all the advances in the automotive world many additional and more specialized skills are required for a good mechanic the training methods have not b by terry waterfield changed that much however becoming a licensed auto mechanic requires an apprenticeship program that includes hands on employment with an automobile dealership or independent shop today though there is classroom help for aspiring automotive mechanics with community colleges offering courses that combine classroom instruction with the hands-on work at a dealership or independent shop at the nova scotia community college in dartmouth ns aspiring auto mechanics have a couple of ways that the program can work for them first the nscc has a pre-employment course where a student from high school or who has been out working for a while and has no experience in the automotive industry can jump-start his apprentice ship as bernie jurcina of the nova scotia community college explains they come in to us for a year or so and learn some basic fundamental skills some of the more basic topics about the automotive industry and after that year they go out for work experience for a while hopefully they get employment and go to work in the apprenticeship field this pre-employment course however does not make the graduate an auto mechanic they are not licensed as a technician yet they re basically just getting in on the ground floor of the apprenticeship program jurcina adds they get eight credits towards their apprenticeship license basically once they re apprenticed they need to get about 2000 hours of work experience each 6 autoatlantic.com nmay 2012

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human resources year and after three or four years they will have about 8000 hours throughout those years they re coming back to the college for five or seven week stints and taking additional credits once they get their 8000 hours of work experience and have completed all the necessary credits in the classroom they take their final exam and on passing that final exam finally become a licensed journeyperson and eligible for employment at an auto dealership or independent shop an average of 70 or more in their final exam gives them the designation of red seal licensed technician the `red seal designation is recognized by most provinces in canada when the graduate seeks permanent employment although the pre-employment system is preferred by most auto mechanic students it is possible to go through the apprenticeship process without taking the pre-employment course they can go directly into the apprenticeship program without any training at all if they can find somebody willing to hire them and sign them up to the apprenticeship program jurcina explains typically speaking the industry s not willing to do that anymore it used to be the case but more and more they want them to come to us and at least have some basic training before they go to industry there are exceptions there are people who go directly into industry they know someone who knows their background or they may be a relative perhaps so once the auto mechanic gains permanent employment does he need further education in the form of specialized courses jurcina believes that depends on the type of shop the big thing about the industry these days it s almost going in two directions he says cars are more and more reliable there s more maintenance and just service as opposed to major repairs and overhauling there s still the need for the highly skilled technically savy technician but not as much a lot of the shops are not salaried they are on what they call flat rate certain jobs pay better and in many cases basic maintenance is where the money is at so the trained or skilled individual may actually not be making as much money or potentially as much money so there s less motivation for people to get into that as well 8 autoatlantic.com nmay 2012 it all depends on the trade and their place of employment some places their focus is on production and they do more of the maintenance type stuff and really in some places it s more of a deterrent to still continue training because they ll end up doing more of the diagnostic work which does not pay so well in some cases for body shops it s mandatory because they are heavily influenced by the insurance industry which demands that they stay trained and up to date and are following certain procedures on person who is a true believer in additional training courses is chris scott owner of chris scott automotive in middle sackville ns owners have to understand the benefits of courses scott explains it should be brought up on the job interview `one thing that happens here you wear safety toed boots your wear safety glasses oh and by the way we have courses that are after hours six times a year and they are mandatory scott began his automotive mechanic career as an apprentice with uniroyal and then moved to a gm dealership it s when i got into the gm dealership atmosphere that i discovered how the automotive business was or should be run anyway scott says it was a really big deal back then it did cost the dealers i think it was part of their dealership contract if you didn t have proper training you couldn t do transmission work at a dealership level you could only work on the sections of the vehicle that you had training on so that would be bad for the dealer one thing i ve learned about this trade is you have to grow with it to understand it if i was to jump out of this trade today and six or seven years from now decide to go back into this trade i would be in trouble even with my experience because i find a lot of experience i had even 10 15 years ago is useless parts manufacturers are pushing for courses scott claims i think they ve looked at this a long time scott feels the parts manufacturers have singled out the aftermarket since they are the ones who sell their parts and it is in the best interest of the parts manufacturers for their dealers to be up to date on what is available when i go to courses i don t see people there mechanics they don t want to use their own time to go to courses and i don t understand that it s a two-fold problem the owners don t for the record while researching this story the author used sources close to his base in halifax ns ultimately education is a provincial responsibility and as such the four provinces in atlantic canada nova scotia new brunswick prince edward island and newfoundland and labrador each set the criteria for the educational requirements needed to obtain an automotive service technician journey person certificate all four provinces however have signed on to the interprovincial or red seal program an industry-driven certification program recognized by all provinces and territories in canada which ensures the courses in each province reach a common standard a high school diploma is required by all four provinces before an applicant may enter the automobile service technician program which includes an inclass course at a community college or other provincially approved institution combined with actual employment as an intern within the automotive service industry nova scotia new brunswick and newfoundland and labrador each offer a pre-employment program which must be completed before the applicant enters employment as an apprentice while in prince edward island applicants must be working with a suitable employer before applying for apprenticeship status nova scotia will allow applicants to bypass the pre-employment process provided they have gained employment where the employer is willing to enroll the applicant in the province s apprenticeship program typically this occurs mostly in family-run businesses whatever the route taken however at the end the applicant must pass their final exam with a mark accepted to obtain their interprovincial red seal journey person certificate of qualification the red seal qualification allows graduates to then obtain employment as an automotive service technician journey person in any province of canada without further exams or training it is possible to gain employment without holding the red seal qualification however such employment is limited to the province in which the applicant obtained the journey person designation and they may be subject to further testing or training before they will be able to work in another province tw

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human resources want to spend the money because they re expensive i send four guys every time and there was a time when it was costing me $2500 $3000 a year but it pays back the only way you can do it right is to go to the courses the courses offer so much diagnostic strategy a different way of looking at something thinking outside the box there s so much i ve learned from the courses making sure the job s done right the first time how to prove to yourself the job s been fixed just a wealth of knowledge scott often gets jobs from other shops mostly electrical and most hard diagnostic type of work that they just can t figure out ­ i m starting to see it and it s just going to get worse scott feels that a lot of shops are just not doing this kind of work because of the required outlay for equipment if i m doing electrical work i need $20,000 worth of equipment scott says adding many shops can t or won t put out that amount so they just don t accept the work it s a fun trade an interesting trade and it s grossly underpaid there s lots of reasons for that and one of then definitely is training mechanics technicians should be demanding to go on courses and when they start seeing improvements in their own work they should be demanding a higher salary scott attributes his success to having well skilled well trained mechanics on his payroll and works hard to maintain that level he feels that there is a shortage of good mechanics in the industry and blames that on the lack of training many mechanics get to maintain their skill level to the level that enables them to tackle the complexity of the jobs that come their way we ve worked ourselves into a specialized field part of the trade that no one else is doing scott says i attribute a lot of that to all the training over the years i ve never stopped training since i ve been in the business even when i got out on my own and i thing it s paid off if someone needs their car fixed they bring it to me through the week and they drop it off and they leave it with me chris scott automotive does not stay open nights or weekends i m not convenient but fdf you want your car fixed we ll fix your car if you re not properly trained you can t have that attitud all you have to do is fix cars that s all people want in the end maritime motorsports hall of fame holds petty autofest show june 2 the maritime motorsports hall of fame at 5 hooper lane petitcodiac nb will be holding its seventh annual petty autofest show on june 2 the past six shows have displayed antique cars and trucks stockcars of different classes drag cars motorcycles stationary engines snowmobiles and even a soapbox derby cart the museum is also included in the show during past shows there has been music theatre acts canteen and prizes entries come from pei ns and nb the revived moncton speed custom club is always there to assist it takes many volunteers and sponsors to put on the show each year the entry has received a dash plaque to commemorate the event a wall plaque is presented to someone of each division in the past it was decided by the number of fan votes however this year it will be a draw for each division in order to give everyone a fair chance to help raise funds for jamie brace to obtain the wheels needed for his racing wheelchair the brace family is providing the canteen jamie s story is one of courage strength and determination he was left a paraplegic after a workrelated vehicle accident the show will get underway at 9:00am and close at 4:00pm anyone wishing information about the show may email maritimemotorsports@gmail com or phone 506-756-2110 anyone may enter his vehicle 10 autoatlantic.com nmay 2012

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2012 car shows with summer comes car shows one of the first great inventions that man has made for himself was the automobile it has become the great mode of transportation for people as well as our many products these cherished vehicles have also become man s pride and joy everyone has his or her own favourite many vehicles have been restored or recreated after all the search and rescue for the perfect vehicle the tender care to put each part together and the polishing it is ready to show brag about and compare the maritime motorsports hall of fame at 5 hooper lane petitcodiac nb will be holding its seventh annual petty autofest show on june 2nd the past six shows have displayed antique cars and trucks stockcars of different classes drag cars motorcycles stationary engines snowmobiles and even a soapbox derby cart the museum is also included in the show in the past shows there has been music theatre acts canteen and prizes entries come from pei ns and nb the revived moncton speed custom club is always there to assist it takes many volunteers and sponsors to put on the show each year the entry has received a dash plaque to commemorate the event a wall plaque is presented to someone of each division in the past it was decided by the number of fan votes however this year it will be a draw for each division in order to give everyone a fair chance the brace family to help raise funds for jamie brace to obtain the wheels that is needed for his racing wheelchair is providing the canteen jamie s story is one of courage strength and determination he was left a paraplegic after a work related vehicle accident the june 2nd show will get underway ay 9:00am and close at 4:00pm anyone wishing information about the show may email maritimemotorsports@gmail.com or phone 506-756-2110 anyone may enter his vehicle as you go about attending car shows this summer just think about all of the thought research searching and hours of toil that has gone into every vehicle that you take a look at but also remember it was a toil of love.

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truckers corner latest atlantic trucking news commercial vehicle enforcement officers equipped with radar devices commercial vehicle enforcement officers working in mobile units across new brunswick have begun enforcing speed limits for commercial vehicles our officers are our eyes and ears on provincial highways working with the trucking industry to keep the roads safe for all travellers said public safety minister and solicitor general robert trevors they are already enforcing weight restrictions on the highways giving them the tools to enforce speed limits is a logical next step i am proud to be associated with these men and women who work hard every day to enhance road safety officers with mobile units recently received training and certification to operate speed enforcement radar devices from the rcmp there are 17 patrol units equipped with the devices the department of public safety s the shortcut through maine for atlantic truckers commercial vehicle enforcement unit has 58 officers who enforce provincial weight and dimension restrictions speed limits and conduct commercial vehicle safety inspections on provincial highways wes armour to receive builder of youth award moncton businessman and philanthropist wesley g armour is this year s recipient of the boys and girls club of moncton builder of youth award the award will be presented during a gala banquet on wednesday may 16th at the delta beauséjour hotel the builder of youth award is given by the boys and girls club and celebrates individuals who have made or continue to make a positive difference in the lives of young people in categories such as science business medicine recreation social development education and child and youth development wes armour who is president and ceo of armour transportation systems was praised yesterday by members of the club moncton mayor george leblanc and moncton north mla marie-claude blais for his contributions to the club and other community organizations that benefit youth armour was not present during yesterday s announcement at moncton city hall where a plaque celebrating the award was unveiled his son ralston armour spoke on his behalf saying that his father the armour family and the team at armour transportation systems were honoured with the award and continue to focus on 12 autoatlantic.com nmay 2012 projects that go toward positive development of local youth armour has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to various organizations and has been involved in mentoring young entrepreneurs and the armour scholarship program mr armour along with his staff and family have given extensively of their time and contributed over $500,000 to the juvenile diabetes research foundation in search for a cure for juvenile diabetes and its complications the club said in its presentation his work and generosity on behalf of the friends of the moncton hospital université de moncton and the boys and girls club of moncton amongst other organizations has been incredible and has truly made a difference in the lives of countless children youth and young adults mayor leblanc said armour has proven himself to be a pillar of the community and noted the award is only given to people who deserve to be singled out for their contributions previous winners of the builder of youth award include ernest cottin j harold wallace judge richard miller dr michael j cripton rené pepsi landry claudette bradshaw judge michael g mckee douglas bradshaw and robert k irving the award presentation will take place on may 16 at the delta beauséjour with a reception at 6pm and dinner at 7pm tickets are $250 or $2,000 for a table of eight for ticket information contact the club at 384-5193 safety campaigns throughout the province in co-operation with other

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truckers corner law enforcement agencies east-west highway proponent says construction could start as early as 2015 the main proponent of a toll highway that would stretch across maine from calais to the quebec border says construction could start as early as 2015 peter vigue said recently the proposed highway which has been discussed for more than five years is moving closer to fruition vigue spoke in favour of the project at a public hearing held before the state legislature s transportation committee that committee comprised of state representatives and senators is now deciding whether to proceed with a $300,000 feasibility study the study which would be undertaken by maine s transportation department would evaluate the case for pushing forward with the highway ted talbot a spokesman with the maine department of transportation says no decision has been made on the feasibility study it has not yet been made official he said but vigue the president and ceo of cianbro a construction company based in pittsfield says he believes the feasibility study will soon be approved according to vigue a positive review from the study s authors would help set the project in motion once we get a green light we can move ahead with the design and getting all of our permits which we believe is going to take about two years said vigue then we can start working potentially crews could begin breaking ground as early as 2015 he said if approved and completed the highway would run east-west across maine it would begin at calais which sits across from st stephen on the new brunswick border from there it would run to the maine-quebec border the highway would end at coburn gore maine vigue says the benefits of the project are clear the highway would better connect maine and the maritime provinces to markets in quebec ontario and the central u.s it s very important that the state of maine work in a collaborative manner with our canadian neighbors he said we have the same economic challenges and issues to deal with the proposed highway would be created mainly by upgrading existing pri vately owned roads most of which are now used by the forestry industry the project previously pegged at well over $1 billion would be funded exclusively with private cash vigue said the highway s operators would charge a toll for its use but unlike many other highways there would be no weight restrictions for heavy trucks jean-marc picard welcomes any news concerning the planned highway the executive director of the atlantic provinces trucking association says the proposed route would significantly cut down on the trucking distance between the maritimes montreal and toronto currently maritime truckers haul their loads around the top of maine along the trans canada highway it s obviously going to save on fuel and wear and tear picard said if the fee is reasonable it could very well be a positive vigue has been pushing for the highway for years but he put the plan in neutral in 2008 after the economy slipped and private sector investment dried up he now says multiple conversations are under way with interested investors we re driving this because we think it s long overdue 14 autoatlantic.com nmay 2012

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dealing with loss beloved ns accountant passes on d artmouth accountant and businessman ernest william bill shellnutt photo below died march 9 at the dartmouth memorial hospital he was 65 he started a general insurance company in 1979 founded practical software tacoma solutions in 1983 purchased restructured and sold silk screening company in 1989 his commitment to education was equally driven obtaining his cma designation in 1975 his pa public accountant designation in 2000 and his amp accredited mortgage professional designation in 2007 he is survived by his wife of 41 years joan sons michael denise and gregory of taipei taiwan toll free 1-888-775-8383 4905 highway 2 wellington ns visit us online at maritimecarwash.ca shellnutt was born and raised in the halifax-dartmouth area graduating prince andrew high school in 1965 he graduated st mary s university with a bachelor of commerce degree in 1969 showing an early inclination for accounting after graduation shellnutt entered the canadian forces as a direct entry officer commissioned as a lieutenant in 1971 he moved to montreal to work for murphy oil as a financial accounting advisor he returned to halifax later that year and was administrative manager at the halifax housing authority for two years before going into business for himself he obtained a certified management accountant designation and owned and operated several businesses most notable is his accounting firm bill shellnutt and associates ltd est 1973 currently located on russell lake in dartmouth he was also co-owner of shellnutt s esso in cole harbour with his brother jim m a y 2012 n autoatlantic.com 15

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