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Instilling Environmental Awareness in the Next Generation of Auto Mechanics and Engineers

The school's main building, with its distinctive wheel window

The school's main building, with its distinctive wheel window

The fourth building on campus features eco-friendly amenities

The fourth building on campus features eco-friendly amenities
Honda Technical College Kansai website (Japanese only)
www.hondacollege.ac.jp/honda_w/
 Honda Technical College has two campuses, one in Kanto, the region of Japan that includes Tokyo, and the other in Kansai, where major cities Kyoto and Osaka are located. For more than 30 years since their inception, these two campuses have in unique ways produced some of the most talented technicians in the automotive world. In this issue of Face, we introduce the people and initiatives of Honda Technical College Kansai. The Kanto campus will feature in the next issue.

From product development to people development

 Honda Technical College is an engineering vocational school established by Honda with the aim of supporting its manufacturing activities with well-trained human resources. The school raises the next generation of motorcycle and automobile mechanics and engineers, providing them with instruction and hands-on training using cutting-edge Honda technologies in classes taught by front-line experts.
  In 1976, Honda International Technical School (now Honda Technical College Kanto) was established in the city of Fujimino in Saitama Prefecture. When graduates of the school began working as mechanics and engineers in a wide range of fields, the high level of skill and professionalism they brought to their careers was immediately recognized, eliciting calls for the creation of another school in West Japan. And so, in 1981, five years after the creation of the Kanto school, Honda Automotive Technical School (now Honda Technical College Kansai) was founded.
 In 2006, the year of its 30th anniversary, Honda Automotive Technical School changed its name to Honda Technical College Kansai, thus marking the transition to a new mandate of training mechanics and engineers for work on the global stage,.
 Today, in the spirit of its founding philosophy expressed by Honda founder Soichiro Honda—"The mission of Honda Technical College is to cultivate individuals who are welcomed into society"—Honda Technical School Kansai strives to train technicians to be respectable, reliable, and eager to take on new challenges. Adopting as its educational objectives "to teach practical skills, to foster good manners, and to contribute to society," the school works to cultivate in its students universally valued skills and qualities through hands-on instruction taught by active professionals and through active involvement in local community activities. This is done while placing emphasis on the importance of interpersonal communication and self-independence.

Takemi Sawada, Director, Honda Technical College Kansai

Takemi Sawada, Director, Honda Technical College Kansai

Whiteboards show job placements for the entire graduating student body. Once again, the job placement rate was 100% this year.

Whiteboards show job placements for the entire graduating student body. Once again, the job placement rate was 100% this year.

Maintaining 100% job placement for over 30 years

 "We have three degree programs to satisfy different career goals," said college Director Takemi Sawada.
 "Automobile Maintenance (two-year) for gaining practical skills with universal application; Advanced Automobile Maintenance (four-year) for acquiring highly specialized knowledge of emerging technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles; and Automobile Design (three-year), where students learn automotive research and development through the design and construction of a formula car. Graduates of our Automobile Maintenance and Automobile Design programs can obtain the national grade 2 automobile service technician's license, and graduates of our Advanced Automobile Maintenance program can obtain the national grade 1 automobile service technician's license, without having to take the practical exam.
 The Automobile Maintenance program offers students the ability to select courses that best match their academic goals, including courses tailored to the future career of their choice, and in-depth motorcycle courses for those aspiring to become a motorcycle expert.
 Honda Technical College Kansai also boasts an astounding statistic: a 100% job placement rate every year for the more than 30 years since its founding.
 "In terms of career paths, roughly 70% of graduates are hired by Honda-affiliated companies, with 55% going to Honda Cars dealerships nationwide,7% to Honda motorcycle dealerships, and 9% to Honda companies such as Honda R&D Co. and Honda Motor Co. The remaining 30% or so are hired by other organizations. Students get across-the-board support from the Honda Group, so they have many options available to them to become professionals," said Sawada.
 One factor supporting this impeccable employment rate is a chronic lack of mechanics across Japan for both motorcycles and automobiles.
 Another major advantage of Honda Technical College Kansai is that all of its faculty members are professionals working on the front lines of their respective fields, including mechanics who have competed in F1 races around the world and engineers working in new vehicle development.
 "The ability to learn directly from talented instructors who have acquired extensive knowledge, skill, and experience in an applied field is a major asset for future work. Graduates can become a mechanic, or they can also work in the development, quality control, or production technology development divisions at an automotive manufacturer. We want to encourage anyone with an interest in cars or motorcycles to get their specialized knowledge at our school so they can work in the field of their choice in the future."

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