NEW Electrical Training Center In Wendover Nevada
For the last few years I have wanted to find a way to train technicians. Although I am a big believer in ATG, CTI, WTI and NAPA training, I want to create an experience as well as classroom learning. Something like Craig at AC/DC does. Last week I was setting up a tool in the bordertown of Wendover UT/NV. It is on I-80 in the high desert. This town is a few miles from the Bonneville Salt Flats where many land speed records have been set. If you like wide open spaces, this area has lots of recreation opportunities from year round scuba diving to exploring mountains and old ghost towns. It is two hours from Salt Lake City and 6 hours from the California border. Due to the presence of several casinos, there are flights into the local airport from all over the West and Midwest. So one could fly directly to Wendover or Take the Casino bus from the Salt Lake Airport. You could also drive. No traffic in Wendover. There are also plenty of roads where you can "open her up", I mean to the posted 70 or 80 mph of course.
The opportunity is that there are some historic boarded up buildings there that could be used for classrooms and sleeping quarters. I have not found shop space yet but I have a lead on hangar space at the airport. In talking to the airport, it seems that they like the idea of repairing the boarded up buildings to preserve the history.
The type of training I would like to focus on is Electrical, Networks, Security, ADAS, Programming, ECU cloning (Using Second Hand Parts) and performance tuning. From attending classes for years, I have determined that many techs do not want to admit that they do not understand electricity. I see those who silently sit in their seat get their certificate and leave. I want to train technicians on both a high level, basic level and everywhere in between. If one wants to learn, the opportunity will be there.
I am not sure how long to make the sessions. I am thinking three days. That should give some serious time for learning without taking too much time from work. Since the folks on this network are the best of the best, I wanted to see what your suggestions and thoughts are. Maybe some would even like to participate in the project. I have a tremendous amount of work to do in gathering funds and securing the property. I will need trainers, teachers and support staff.
As a recently retired Post Secondary instructor, I'm not ready to sit around and do nothing yet. I'm VERY interested in talking to you on this subject.
This is a great idea on a subject that will always be needed.
Sounds like a great idea I would sent my techs to your class
I think your on to something Mike.....Boot camp lead by the best drill Sargent's in our profession......Let's talk some more....Soon.
It's a great idea Michael and one that makes absolute sense to many of us who know what type of training is needed. However, can you attract those who really need the training in sufficient numbers? How would you plan to reach out to them and develop a loyal customer base? I am a realistic with a positive attitude that sometimes faces challenges that can unfortunately make the possible…
Hi Martin, Thank you for your assessment. Here are a few things I want to do to lower cost. The old Army base that the buildings are located on are falling apart. I am hoping that the historical society / county would work with us to provide the facilities at low or no cost. By repairing the buildings and preserving them, it provides multiple solutions for both us and the county. Too early
Hi Michael. I sincerely hope that you can pull it off. I've always been an advocate for the underdog who was willing to work hard to make their dream a reality. It sounds like an interesting opportunity for you to follow a dream, or at least a desire.
When dreams are followed by passion and likewise people who have the same...........it all comes to a reality. Respectfully Charles R …. AAM, CMAT L-1
Hi Michael. Please keep me in the loop. I would love to see something like this fly, and help out if I could.
Michael These are some great ideas. I’ve been a tech for 50 years and know you never let up on gaining technical education because this trade does not slow down on advancement. I race at Bonneville and last speed week went into the Napa store at east end of Wendover to buy some parts to get us through tech so we could race. I met the owner of the store. He is the mayor of east Wendover and a
Hi Terry, I went into the store last week and Mayor Mike was out of town until the 22nd. I did send him an email with my ideas. He has not responded. Great to hear you race out there. One year I went out to race and found that my vehicle did not pass inspection. Anyone going out there should get a copy of the rule book so they know what they are getting into. It was fun to watch others go for
Yesterday, I had a discussion with a very successful shop owner. I explained my idea for a training center. After some discussion, he said " I have a shop downstairs and a classroom up here. Why couldn't we do training here in the evenings?" He has a good point. We can't all start at the top. Getting started this way would give me a customer base. It will not cost a huge amount to start. It can