Catalytic Converters and its Effect on Emissions

Different states have different rules, especially when it comes to cars and emissions. California’s number one rule, don’t mess with you emissions or buy a car that had its emissions messed with, especially the catalytic converter. Removing the catalytic converter is illegal in any state as stated by John Swantson.

Emission laws have been in effect in California since 1966 and the rest of the states followed suit a few years later. It is a common misconception that removing the cats will give you more power, but the power is so minute that it will go unnoticed. It just gives added noise, which can cause unwanted attention from police and can lead to your car being impounded.

Laws continue to become stricter, and California is no longer allowing people to put aftermarket cats on their vehicles, only factory ones. It is common for people to have their catalytic converters stolen because “they contain three precious metals – platinum, palladium, and rhodium, – to mitigate harmful exhaust gases through a chemical reaction” written by Jeff Goertzen in the OC Register.

Without the cats, your car will never pass smog. Altering your engine with factory parts to pass smog each year and putting the illegal parts back on can hurt you and the BAR Certified shop that you went to. Asking a smog shop for a “hot smog”, or to falsify your results, can lead to large fines and closure of the licensed shop as well and it is not worth it for them. Moral of the story is do not put anyone out of business just to gain a minimal amount of speed that will not make much of a difference.

How to Defend Yourself from a Predator

The best self-defense is prevention, meaning that you should be aware of your surroundings at all times. Try to park in well-lit areas, keep your keys in your hand as you walk to your car (between you middle & ring fingers is best), and try to travel in groups/pairs whenever possible.

If the attacker is just after your material possessions (money, wallet, etc), hand it over. Nothing material is worth your life.

If the attacker does touch you, yell loudly (BACK OFF!) and push your attacker away. This calls for help and tells your attacker you’re not easy prey. If it has to get physical, you only have a few seconds to inflict the most amount of damage. Go for the easy areas like the eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, and knees. Strike with your body’s natural bony weapons such as your elbows and/or knees. If your attacker is close enough to go for his/her face: poke the eyes, force the heel of your palm into the nose, or strike the neck with your key hand.  Never move close to your attacker to strike him/her with your hand. Kick in the groin or the side of the knee.

In our Homeland Security program, we teach basic self-defense moves to prevent attacks and to make you feel safe if there was ever one to occur. We also teach techniques to get out of certain positions, such as what you to do if you are on the ground and being choked by a person. There are ways to get out of these and different pressure points to concentrate on to get the best leverage.


Oil & Energy Presentations in 29 Palms

Come on by to learn more about the Oil and Energy Industry! Presentations on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Contact us with any questions and for further information. We have placed over 300 graduates from CCS in the oil fields.

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Oil and Energy Rep coming to Twentynine Palms

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CCS Career Resource Fair

Mark your calendars for this fantastic opportunity! CCS is hosting a career and resource fair this Thursday right here in Anaheim.  If you need a job or are looking to secure your future, THIS is where you need to be. There will be employers seeking quality employees and offering them an opportunity to meet with our students along with friends, family, and those looking to join the industry. There will be interviews administered by employers along with conditional pre employment offers. This is a great opportunity to meet with many companies at one time and select those you may want to work for. We will see you there!




How to Comply with the Hours-of-Service Regulations

What they are? The hours-of-service regulations were set in place to provide safety to all drivers. They regulate when and how long you may drive so to reduce driver fatigue. The hours-of-service regulations are found in Part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

What are the limits? Specific limits are placed on the amount of time you may drive your truck and how many total hours you can work before you are no longer permitted to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
There is a 14 hour “driving window” limit and an 11 hour “driving limit”.

14 Hour Driving Window
This is the daily limit where you can drive up to 11 hours; the remaining hours may be used to fill up gas, inspection, waiting at a terminal, etc. A person will not be allowed to drive again until they have been off duty for at least 10 consecutive hours.
*Commonly known as 11-14-10*

11 Hour Driving Limit
You are only allowed to drive your truck up to the 11 total hours as stated above. Since June 30, 2013, driving is not permitted if more than 8 hours have passed since the end of the driver’s last off-duty. A 30-minute break is mandatory for all drivers if they have driven 8 consecutive hours.

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On-Duty vs. Off-Duty
Time spent On-Duty is part of your 14 hour limit of daily working hours. Any time you are working for a motor carrier whether paid or not is considered on-duty. Time spent at a plant, terminal, or facility is considered on-duty, along with loading or unloading. Any pre or post-trip inspections are on duty as well.

Off-duty time is when you are relieved of all duty and responsibility for performing work. When you can walk away from your truck and leave it where it is parked to experience any fun activities that you choose to do; such as sightseeing, exercise, etc.

Penalties for Violating
Minimum penalties would include putting a person out of service until they have met the requirements. A log book examination would be performed, resulting in a $1500 minimum fine, but can range in price depending on if there have been multiple violations. It will go on your permanent record with the DOT for 3 years and can be viewed by perspective employers and other government agencies. Also a person can be terminated if violations continue.

Student describes his experience at CCS

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Eugene Cannida came to California Career School today after he  received his Commercial Drivers license three days prior. He states that we are not just a school but a family and he wanted to see everyone again. CCS has placed over 300 graduates in the oil fields and Eugene has been working with a few companies to eventually move to North Dakota.

North Dakota has recorded the highest personal income growth among all states for the sixth time in the last seven years. Statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis indicated that the state’s personal income grew 7.6 percent in 2013; this is mainly due to energy developmentMany oil companies are in need of people with a CDL and Eugene knew that he would have a better chance getting hired if he received one.

Passed BAR Audit

California Career School  was audited by the Bar Certified Training Institution Bureau of Automotive Repair . We passed the inspection on all counts.  Many schools do not pass all 42 inspections on their first attempt.  Our equipment demonstrated to be operational and in great shape.  This ensures that our students will have the best quality equipment to learn on.  We take great care to make sure our students receive the best education possible by keeping our standards high and our equipment in working order.

Click the link below to see all 42 items we passed

BAR Audit

IPS Recruiter Presentation

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A Recruiter from IPS is coming out to Twentynine Palms on Februay 26, 2014.

Anyone interested in attending this presentation contact our admissions department, even if you do not have your CDL. IPS has hired people before completion of the program and we can help assist you in obtaining your license. We have worked with IPS for many years and have had many graduates work with them.


Student to the Rescue!

During training, a coolant filter ruptured on one our vehicles leaving our students and instructor in the Barstow desert. We called our regular towing and repair company and they said, “[We] can’t get one till the next day.”

“We’re out in the desert,” and, “running out of options.” To top it all off, it was a hot day in July. “I would have had to gotten a tow,” said Pat. So he decided to call recent graduate and soldier Levi Busch. “He just lived five minutes away from where we broke down.”

“I got a call from Pat,” said Levi, “They were stranded by Yermo… grabbed my tools and went out.” Levi drove Pat down to a store on the other side of town and found the filter in question. Levi had the right set of tools and the problem was taken care of in a quick minute. “It’s no problem, I wanted to get the truck working… It’s taking time from the students too.” In a nutshell, he said, “Anytime for Pat!” The vehicle was back in running order and students went on to train with Pat once again.

Pat told us that Levi received the highest DMV score among his classmates during his testing day. We want to share our appreciation with Levi for coming out to help us when our students and our instructor were running out of options. Once again, thanks Levi!