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Exploring Careers After High School Graduation in Jacksonville

Are you a recent high school graduate and wondering what’s next? With numerous opportunities available, navigating the path to a career can seem daunting. However, fear not! In this blog post, we’ll be exploring careers after high school graduation in Jacksonville. Whether you’re interested in Marine and RV Technology,  Automotive Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, or Diesel Technology, this blog will

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A Boat Out on the Open Water.

Boat Safety Tips to Remember This Summer

It’s summer and that means it’s time to get out on the water! Boating is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors, whether you like to fish, waterski, chase the wind, or just drift along and relax. The last thing you want is to have a boating accident or problem arise while you’re offshore. Here are five safety tips

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A Man Working on a Car

Light-Duty vs. Heavy-Duty Diesel Careers 

If you’re interested in an essential, hands-on career that keeps America running, consider becoming a diesel technician or mechanic. Getting the training to become a diesel tech is the first step on a secure and rewarding future in the transportation industry. Demand for diesel mechanics is on the rise – in fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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A Semi-Truck Driving on the Highway.

Diesel Exhaust Brake Systems Explained

Many large, diesel-powered vehicles such as tractor trailers, heavy equipment, buses, RVs, and tow trucks use supplemental braking systems (such as diesel exhaust brakes or compression “jake” brakes) in addition to traditional wheel brakes. This is because large, heavy vehicles are much more difficult to slow down and stop once they pick up momentum, and an extra braking system can

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Three Trim/Tilt Wrenches

Top 3 Trim/Tilt Wrenches for Marine Techs

One of the most common outboard motor repair issues that marine techs face is replacing the seals on the hydraulic power tilt and trim system. The tilt ram is the cylinder that raises and lowers your motor (typically used when you are taking your boat in or out of the water). There are two trim rods that allow you to adjust

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Images of a Rack and Pinion and a Worm and Sector

Types of Steering Linkages

You may not have ever thought about it, but it is a true work of engineering that allows you to effortlessly change the direction of your car with just a slight turn of your steering wheel. The steering system of a car is made up of many different parts that all must work together smoothly for easy maneuvering.  The steering linkage

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A Man Changing a Fuse in His Vehicle.

How to Check and Change a Fuse in Your Vehicle

Good news! You don’t have to take your car into the mechanic’s shop every time something goes wrong. While you should consult with an automotive technician for any significant issue, there are some minor fixes that you can easily take care of on your own. Case in point: a blown fuse.  Signs that you may have blown a fuse include

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A Man Using the Air Brake in His Vehicle.

How Do Air Brakes Work? 

Tractor trailers, buses, and other large diesel-powered vehicles often transport big, heavy loads – so it’s important for everyone’s safety that these vehicles can stop when they need to. That’s where air brakes come in. Air brakes have huge brake drums to effectively stop a diesel rig hauling thousands of pounds, and they run on air, instead of hydraulic fluid,

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A Car with a Package on its Roof for Valentine's Day.

5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. If you have a car enthusiast in your life, here are some Valentine’s Day gift options that are sure to get your loved one’s heart pounding. Car detailing gift certificate If your Valentine loves their car (almost as much as they love you), a

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Listing the Alternative Diesel Fuels CNG, LPG, and LNG

Alternatives to Diesel Fuel: CNG vs. LPG vs. LNG

Diesel fuel (which is refined from crude oil) produces many harmful emissions when it is burned, making diesel-fueled trucks and big rigs a major source of dangerous pollutants which are bad for the environment. That’s why many commercial fleet managers today are considering vehicles that use alternative fuels. Below are three of the top alternative fuels and some of their

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