SJC: T-TEN Graduate Salas moves to Northside Lexus
A graduate of San Jacinto College, Porfirio Salas has always enjoyed working on vehicles, especially his Lexus IS300. So when it came time to choose a career path and college, he looked at the Toyota and Lexus Technician and Training Education Network (T-TEN) program.
“I was already working on my own Lexus, doing repairs and small modifications,” said Salas. “I really wanted to work in the automotive world, so it was an easy transition to enroll in the T-TEN program.”
T-TEN, a partnership between Toyota, the College and local dealers, is recognized as a leading program in the global automotive industry for the training and placement of factory-trained technicians for Toyota and Lexus. It was through this partnership that Salas landed his first auto industry job at Northside Lexus in the spring.
“I hired Porfirio while he was dating San Jac, and he quickly showed he had what we call natural abilities,” said Jeff Fish, production manager / diagnostics specialist at Northside Lexus. “He takes on many challenging jobs and strives to be the best technician possible every day.”
After two years at Northside, Salas rose through the ranks to become a Lexus Certified Master Technician.
“I was able to complete most of my ASE [Automotive Service Excellence] exams through the San Jac program to get my masters certification, and I hope to someday become a team leader at Lexus, ”said Salas.
To achieve master status, an automotive technician must achieve eight ASE-level certifications on topics such as engine repair, brakes, suspension, and more. Under each certification, technicians have to pass multiple tests in each category, which takes a lot of concentration.
Sean Ham, coordinator of the T-TEN program in San Jac, remembers the work ethic and prowess of Salas in the classroom.
“When I started teaching Porfirio, I saw that working on cars was natural to him and that he had great potential,” Ham said. “At the end of his training in the program, he was one of the best students in his class.
In addition to Salas, Northside also has at least eight other San Jac T-TEN alumni, including 1997 graduate and Lexus Group Leader Tracy Windwehen.
“With the T-TEN program, technicians get a head start on all of Toyota’s core courses before they graduate. By the time you finish your studies, you’re already certified,” Windwehen said. “It definitely gives technicians a head start in getting hired. In a few years, you can be certified as a master and be at the top of the field. “
In addition to the Toyota-based program, San Jac Automotive Technology offers programs through Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mopar, and a General Automotive Technology degree.
To learn more about these programs, visit www.sanjac.edu/automotive.
This press release was produced by San Jacinto College. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.