SUNY Erie is looking at expanding, adapting its automotive tech program to meet industry demand

SUNY Erie is looking at expanding, adapting its automotive tech program to meet industry demand


tonight with SUNY Erie Community College’s Auto Tech shop as our backdrop we are exploring different options in the rapidly changing world of work with demand growing fast for qualified knowledgeable mechanics I’m taking you inside SUNY Aries Auto Tech program for a look at what the field needs now to support students and Industry united states postal workers the NFT a UPS as long as vehicles are on the road automotive mechanics are needed to keep the economy moving anybody that has a vehicle it’s broken they’re looking to get some of our students out here Mike Coughlin teaches in the automotive tech program at SUNY Erie Community College a two-year associate in Applied Science degree he says they cannot pump out enough students into the workforce we’re hearing that we need more we need more students and we have a limited supply that’s why SUNY Erie is collaborating with industry partners to expand the program and modify it to meet the growing demand right now there are 200 students Tyler Tate discovered his love for cars when he was a young child my parents always took their cars to like shops and they usually got pretty mad at like paying people a lot of money for to work on them so then I started doing the business with today’s vehicles Tate is working on equal parts computer and car he spends 10 weeks at school and then 10 weeks at a dealership here I get to just do my do what I love and then I already have a job already lined up for me after Auto Workers are such a commodity Coughlin says there needs to be a stronger pipeline for students we need to create a better awareness I guess for some of the students that are out there maybe just starting to get into the ninth grade all the opportunities that are available in the automotive industry there’s BOCES and other state programs to build Career and Technical Education in public schools but Coughlin says stigma and stereotypes are an ongoing struggle we’re trying to get more women into the field which is fantastic he says there are only about two to three female students out of 200 in SUNY Erie’s Auto Tech program each year ask an instructor in here our female students are best students hands down all the time SUNY Erie is still finalizing details with the state to modify its auto tech offerings to meet industry demand the coughlin hopes with the upcoming engine more students will mean more awareness about Auto Tech


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