Automotive Technician Shortage

Automotive Technician Shortage


good morning everybody it is time to visit with our good friend Joe the car guy from Westside auto pros and bi we were mentioning yesterday this is about the time of year people are starting to get ready to jump in their cars and hit the road not even thinking about what goes on with their vehicle but you might have to have something done to your car and wouldn’t you like to have somebody who’s working on your car that knows what they’re doing Jackie well maybe it’s kind of a magic curtain we bring our vehicle in and we we just hope that you know what to do and that it will be fixed but let’s talk about who’s really fixing our vehicles and the expertise that goes behind that and how we’re kind of always wanting more of those incredible people like the ones that work at was I don’t know exactly the most of the the kids that are going through school are going through like a two-year trade program in some sort of automotive there’s general automotive you can go through a Ford program GM every manufacturer has why but that’s kind of the baseline for that and then they can go into ASC certifications and so on which helps us get what we’ve we’ve got for a staff now so that’s one of the key things is to be certified in preparing the vehicles that you are bringing to your that people bring in to your facility yeah and one of the things that I don’t think people necessarily understand it and I didn’t was the people that were going through construction trades or automotive those were the smart kids for doing that I mean that’s that’s hands-on real world even if they didn’t do anything with an after high school at least being exposed to it I think there should be more of that getting used to it getting the knowledge to basic knowledge of it and then if it did interest him enough to be able to take that to the next level yeah exactly 14 years ago I knew nothing about cars I could chew the Hanoi into it then of just like that in high school no I didn’t take any of those classes with high school I wish I would have cuz I’d be ahead of the game further so how did you get drawn in I have no idea I I was told that I could sell ice to Eskimos one day by someone and that I trusted and I said well I’m going to try and sell tires and I did and the rest is history so okay but had I had more knowledge of this stuff going into it I it would have been a passion way sooner because a lot of times you’re told you got to go to college or you have to get your you know degree but there’s different ways of get that education you’re kind of advocating for trade school today because those of jobs are out there you’re saying if this is a passion of yours or you want to get more give it a try we’re gonna face a nationwide technician shortage the the math on it is is we’ve got 37,000 technicians each year that are graduating schools that are coming in they’re coming in but the problem is the 76,000 are leaving whether it’s through retirement whether it’s through I don’t want to do this anymore Wow whatever the case may be so each year so almost an endangered species yeah exactly each year we’re losing 39,000 technicians Wow so that’s gonna be out of the pool very lucrative field but if you look at it that way too because you’re gonna be more and more in demand and of course we we’ve learned recently if the folks over a d-mac with their new place yeah it’s going up too and that’s got to be amazing yeah the the last two technicians we’ve hired or under the age of 25 came out of programs at DMACC they have a wonderful program there there’s other ones within the state there’s other ones out of the state but you’re looking at for somebody that’s passionate about this they can spend ten to fifteen thousand dollars get a two-year automotive degree and then they’re working if that’s something that they wanted to do okay so that’s your investment yeah it’s something that’s also reasonable because you hear that kind of an investment and most kids today be like I love it that’s all I had yeah yeah the nationwide average for a four-year degree you’re gonna spend fifty six thousand seven thousand dollars as a nationwide average let’s get down to brass tacks so they say what do we have the potential to earn by getting into this field yeah that’s what people want to know exactly it varies from shop to shop there’s places that do not pay a lot there are places that do pay a lot now it’s gonna be based on your level of expertise how fast you can work how quality you can work with that speed cuz speeds not always everything you could make at Westside auto pros you can make $52,000 a year minimum I’ve seen I’ve seen guys years ago that we’re making six figures really yeah it can happen if you have the drive the desiring the ability to it yep there any one particular area of automotive or either gasoline or diesel that is more you know in demand right now the the more certification you have the more ability the more well-rounded that you are the more appealing it’s going to be I there are so many people that flood the industry on the the major domestic vehicles that we have with Ford dodge Chevy we need those guys absolutely but if you can diversify yourself and do a European vehicle hybrid the diesels that you’re talking about that’s when your value really really really goes up okay yeah that expertise that’s there let’s talk about the technicians that we have at Westside auto pros because it you do hold them to a certain standard so no matter what does pull up to your shop you’re able to take care of them yeah ours are required to have ASE master certification master serving master certification because anybody can have an ASE certified technician who might be certified in brakes which anybody could probably go and do with some common sense air conditioning is another easy one but when you have a master certified technician they’ve gone through everything there is to go through for mechanics they know your transmission your engine your suspension it’s every step of that be so if they’re a master certified technician if our vehicle rolls in it has a problem chances are really good they’re gonna be able to figure out what the problem is and how to rectify exactly yep and the nice thing that we do is all of our technicians are that so we don’t have a guy that’s a Lube tech that’s doing that the oil change that might miss something that doesn’t understand that the ball joints loose a lot of times on this type of vehicle or this thing leaks on this type of vehicle so the guy that changes your oil changes your motor changes your tires and everything in between that’s that’s really convenient for for your place too because yeah too worried about having to specialize somebody in a certain department exactly yeah they have the ability to do everything on that car that comes in the door okay most common thing you guys are repairing right now over your place we’re getting ready to roll into AC season especially someone’s gonna turn their AC on Thursday and it’s not going to work that’s coming and we’re still seeing we’ve talked about it a couple weeks ago the oil failures inside the engines it seems to continue to be a weekly thing so keep that oil full clean and unchanged on schedule great information this morning and again you’re not saying don’t go to college or don’t go to that for degree but if you’re considering or have a passion consider a trade school yeah I’m gonna be better on your budget but also an opportunity to get a gear yeah yeah and all I know is the the automotive statistics but I’m sure that we need plumbers electricians I mean if you have some sort of passion to be hands-on in the world by all means take advantage as I’m sort of trade degree that’s right that works wonderful about that yeah that works all right everybody were Westside auto pros is located you can find us at 1901 Northwest 92nd court in Clive Westside auto pros calm if you want some more information about any of this you can certainly give me a call at two to five ninety ninety there you go for a many problems that same number that’s right that works sounds good take a job a buddy yeah it is in twenty minutes past seven o’clock right now don’t go too far we’ll be right back and when we come back we are gonna celebrate you next couple of local celebrities at


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