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Contest Aims To Foster More Auto Technicians

Contest Aims To Foster More Auto Technicians


TO FIX SO COMPANIES ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO RECRUIT THEM. KENNETH CRAIG REPORTS FROM THE JAVITS CENTER. 3, 2, 1. START YOUR ENGINES! Reporter: IT’S A RACE BUT THE CARS NEVER MOVE. THIS IS THE NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION IN NEW YORK WITH 60 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY COMPETING FOR THE TOP PRIZE. IT’S A GOOD PLACE TO LOOK. Reporter: THERE’S A TWO-MAN TEAM REPRESENTING EACH REGION. THEY HAVE THREE HOURS TO DIAGNOSE 15 ISSUES WITH THE CAR THAT’S PREVENTING IT FROM STARTING. DO ALL OF THESE CARS HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM? THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS. Reporter: THIS IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE GREATER NEW YORK AUTO DEALERS ASSOCIATION, HE SAYS THE COMPETITION WAS STARTED TO HELP WITH THE NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF AUTO TECHS. THE INDUSTRY NEEDS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TRAINED WORKERS TO FIX TODAY’S HIGH-TECH CARS. THE LANDSCAPE HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. TREMENDOUSLY. YEARS AND YEARS AGO WE USED TO CALL THEM GREASE MONKEYS. THEY AREN’T ANYMORE. THERE’S MORE COMPUTER SYSTEMS IN THE CAR TODAY THAT WERE IN A SPACESHIP. Reporter: THE TEAM FROM PENNSYLVANIA WON THIS YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP. IT’S AMAZING. PROBABLY THE BEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE. Reporter: EVAN AND ANDREW WERE ABLE TO FIX THEIR CAR THE FASTEST. WHEN DID YOU KNOW THIS WAS THE INDUSTRY YOU WANTED TO BE PART OF? ACTUALLY A COUPLE OF YEARS PLAYING WITH CARS AND THEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT.

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2 thoughts on “Contest Aims To Foster More Auto Technicians

  1. Oh boy will these kids be in for a surprise once they enter the real world.

    I used to be an auto technician for 5 years in a Mercedes dealership. To make a long story short a lot of shops don't want to hire rookies they just one people who know what they're doing and make the shop money. You spend a lot of money in tools, ( you can't cheap out because I learned from experience), your pay starting off isn't much, flat rate is a horrible system, warranty time doesn't pay much from a lot of companies and customers are cheap. Cars are a lot more with computers now and the older generation can't adapt with technology. Everyone says keep it as a hobby and not a living. I'm pretty sure you can make way more money doing auto body than Auto mechanical.

    A lot of seniors told me it's not worth it it was good back then. I'm a commercial driver and I make better money than when I was a mechanic. It's hard to find a place that will give you a chance to learn and be patient with you because a lot of places today or not like that. I miss doing it though I wish I can go back. But the truth is like I said a lot of shops don't want to waste their time with rookies

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