"Now you plug it into a computer and it tells you what's wrong". "We are less and less mechanics and more computer scientists". Surely you have heard a phrase similar to these in your last visits to the workshop. After all, virtualization is also reaching the car thanks to mechanical systems where the role of computing is increasing. Anyway you know ... You even start talking about cars driving alone!
However, the truth is that, although times advance towards a kind of dystopia "ciborg”, Mechanics without a computer component is not only a necessary cataloging and preservation of the past but also an industry where many workers find a working life satisfying the needs of thousands upon thousands of classic motor enthusiasts.
But, if mechanics schools - logically - are adapting to new vehicles ... Who will be in charge of transmitting the necessary knowledge to the new mechanics destined to repair and preserve historic vehicles? Necessarily the demand is imposed to offer as soon as possible an adequate educational offer in classic car mechanics.
Something that - fortunately - they have been able to see in time in the United Kingdom; a country that can be criticized for many things but not the care and care that it puts into guarding its past, even the industrial one. That is why schools like Heritage Skills Academy they are working at full capacity in the formation of young generations to deal with the most ancient past.
REGULATED TRAINING ON CLASSIC VEHICLES
It is not necessary to go back to the guild times of the old cathedrals to point out that many craft trades were learned through the figure of the apprentice; a boy who, based on observing, practicing and doing everything in the workshop… ends up reproducing the knowledge and generating new responses to a technology that, from the use of bones and stones as tools to space shuttles, has not stopped advancing in its complexity.
However, today there are fewer apprentices, things are more regulated and, therefore, the training that has not been carried out within an approved program will be a priori little valued by the most demanding customers. As a warning to sailors, it must be said that it is less and less to learn "tinkering"In the workshop, so the official training in vehicles and mechanics that are being relegated to the" classic "section it becomes more necessary than ever.
In this sense the Heritage Skills Academy began less than a year ago with its training activities, always in coordination with different classics clubs and the unexpected support of a Land Rover who donated several old units for their students to learn how to restore a classic mechanics "Old-fashioned" Live. Live and surrounded by a privileged environment, since the academy is located in the grounds of a former RAF air base: perfect for inspiring students who are learning classical car mechanics, ship and airplane mechanics.
WILL WE TAKE AN EXAMPLE WITH SCHOOLS TO RESTORE CLASSICS?
But the news that has caught our attention is not only the good performance of this educational institution, but the effective support it has obtained from the British state. This not only recognized its training titles but has also endowed it with funds from the Education and Skills Agency to ensure the smooth running of their activities. This supposes a accolade to classical mechanics from the government, in addition to the coverage of a necessary training offer in a world where screens such as television in the living room no longer have the new cars, the old vehicles that fascinated and will fascinate millions of enthusiasts and lovers of the past no longer exist.
At The Escudería It only remains for us to celebrate this measure, and hope that it will be applied as soon as possible in our country. In fact, in some autonomous communities -as is the case of Aragón and the Aragonese School of Vehicle Restoration (We hope it continues to operate!) - it has already started to be done.
Okay, we did not develop the Spitfires or the Aston Martin DB5, but we are still a country endowed with an interesting industrial and automotive legacy where surely hundreds of young people would appreciate a training offer necessary to cover the needs of a classic mechanic that is increasingly moving away from the new "intelligent" cars.