Look towards a career as an Auto Technician
In today’s high tech world many students find themselves undecided in a career choice after leaving high school.
They may take a post secondary course, attend a community college or graduate from university with a degree, but continue to find themselves jobless or not earning what they had hoped. What hands on and technical minded students need to look closer at is a career as an automotive technician. Gone are the days of “grease monkeys” and the stereotypical “mechanic”. The highly skilled people who repair cars today are truly “technicians”.
Currently there is a huge demand for people in this sector. The challenge and excitement of working on today’s high tech cars can propel one into a well compensated and satisfying career. The domestic brands such as Ford, have such a difficult time finding recruits that they have to start “looking out of the country” as Bob Fines, Principal of Fines Ford in Bolton told me. “We just can’t seem to find technicians and there are so many great opportunities in this trade” he added. On the import side, Paul Hewitt, General Manager of H.J.Pfaff Audi in Newmarket said, “There are a lot of moves between brands with the current techs that exist, but few new ones applying for positions. We are fortunate to be able and keep the technicians we have, we still need more now and in the future” Paul stated. Well this writer can tell you from personal experience, that the trade is more exciting now than it has ever been.
Cars today are so high tech and computer driven that there is never a boring moment, and you can be challenged and rewarded in many ways. There’s supercharging, turbocharging, high tech diesels, special transmission and suspension systems along with new driver assist features which will need diagnosed and repaired somewhere down the line. With the hybrid and electric vehicles presently here and on the horizon, excitement is building. The manufacturers have very well laid out training programs to ensure brand specific techs can do their best job.
We need smart and talented people to fill those roles. Also a further step could happen if you like performance and style, almost all manufacturers have sports cars and racing programs to get involved in where good technicians are in demand. The career has and still is good to me and I would recommend parents today not to discourage their children’s interest in the trade of auto technician as good technicians can make incomes which rival and surpass any occupation. This path can start at the High School level where many have automotive shop classes and student co-operative programs involving local auto dealers and shops. From there the student can decide whether or not they would like to continue on with community college and the apprenticeship programme.
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Written by Perry M. Mason