Building a rewarding career with Assured
When it comes to fixing cars, automotive apprentice Jeffrey Furtado has never lacked motivation.
“When I was in elementary school I would go to my cousin’s bodyshop to help take apart cars,” said Furtado. “People used to be shocked by the speed I would work at—I would attack anything in my sight. For me it wasn’t work, I was just out there having fun!” After graduating high school, Furtado’s first experience in a facility was as a detailer, before enrolling in a three-year autobody program at Mohawk College. With both practical shop experience and an automotive education behind him, Furtado was ready to take on the next chapter in his young automotive career. This chapter would lead Furtado to Assured Automotive in Milton, a shop he is more than proud to be a part of.
“It’s been a great pleasure to work with such an amazing team,” said Furtado. “I’ve learned so much from the staff here, as they’ve given me the opportunity to work through problems and figure things out on my own. When they see that I’m struggling that’s when my colleagues step-in and show me a better way of approaching a problem.”
Not only has Assured provided Furtado with the opportunity to learn in a staff friendly environment, but also the chance to diversify his skills.
“To be a good bodytech you need to be well-rounded,” said Furtado. “No collision is the same and you must be able to adapt to the needs of each specific vehicle. Assured has given me the opportunity to learn the different facets of this industry in order to properly understand all the elements involved in a repair.”
With so much still to learn, Furtado knows that the journey to becoming a certified mechanic won’t be an easy one, but one he is more than happy to be a part of. “The feeling I get seeing a customer happy with the final product is what motivates me to get better every day,” said Furtado. “I’m grateful for Assured and how they helped me turn my hobby into a career.”