ARO Auto Shop
ARO initiates vocational program for automotive repair, providing employable skills in Afghanistan.
A mechanical shop area was created at ARO to provide classes in engine diagnostics and repair, auto body dent repair and painting.
The course takes fourteen months to complete. In the first three months of the program, trainees receive hands-on instruction in welding and metal works as preparation for the mechanical tasks. Students can then design and fabricate metal parts necessary to their work. The current program can accomodate 30 students.
The purpose of the vocational program in auto mechanics is to provide professional / vocational skills to help students become self sufficient and generate a livable income. Auto mechanic graduates are obtaining jobs with governmental offices, NGOs, embassies and other organizations. Since new vehicles are not readily available, the skills to provide maintenance and repair of automobiles is in high demand.
The auto mechanic course is free to students, a unique feature in Afghanistan. ARO provides educational programs at no cost to students in order to aid low income families.
The opening reception was held at the ARO TEC in 2005, with guests from government offices, embassies, and organizations aiding the recovery of Afghanistan. Guests cut the ribbon (see photo below) above a tray of “sweets”, a tradition to bring luck and happiness.
Speakers and guests at the reception included: