COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Value of Transportation Techs

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Value of Transportation Techs

The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered many preconceived notions about careers and technology, says the TechForce Foundation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered many preconceived notions about careers and technology, says the TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports students through their education into successful careers as professional technicians. In particular, demand for transportation technicians is surging as the government has declared transportation technicians to be essential workers.

Robert Schonberner is a recipient of a TechForce scholarship he is using to study automotive tech and restoration this fall.

However, many people, including students contemplating future options and individuals contemplating career changes, are unaware of the opportunities and the potential for success in transportation technology and repair.

Often underestimated as “blue collar” or “grease monkey” jobs, transportation technicians are in fact high-tech “new collar” jobs that depend on computer skills and fluency with the latest in digital engineering. Transportation technicians are in high demand and critical to maintaining and restoring America’s economy during the pandemic and beyond. These skilled workers literally keep America rolling by ensuring that the trucks delivering food, medicine and other supplies get to their destinations as efficiently as possible, and that emergency responders’ vehicles transport them quickly and safely.

In addition, many people are choosing to repair and maintain older vehicles instead of buying new ones, which adds to the demand for skilled transportation technicians.

The TechForce Foundation states that recent surveys show an increased interest in transportation technology work, both among younger students and career changers whose jobs may have been lost or furloughed because of the pandemic. Surveys of high school students show that more than half are open to something other than a four-year degree, and 70% want to follow their own educational path.

“Despite record rates of unemployment, there continues to be strong demand for our graduates,” said Jerome Grant, CEO of Universal Technical Institute. “Employers need skilled technicians to fill essential jobs and, as many in our nation look for new paths to prosperity, we’re seeing growing interest in our programs and in technical careers.”

Transportation technology appeals to hands-on learners with an interest in and enthusiasm for the state-of-the art engineering.

“A NASA space shuttle has approximately 400,000 lines of code, but a modern car has approximately 100 million lines of code,” said Mike Pressendo, chief marketing and strategy officer of the TechForce Foundation, “These are skilled, well-paying, technical jobs.”

The TechForce Foundation reaches out to both young students and career changers with a career guide, available at techforce.org/careerguide, and a “Because I’m a Tech” promotional campaign, in which technicians share their stories of successful and secure skilled technician careers.

You May Also Like

Bosch Auto Service Salinas Celebrates Grand Opening

Bosch Auto Service Salinas, formerly Dick Adams Automotive, received a full interior and exterior Bosch Auto Service rebrand, a new ADAS machine and more.

Bosch Automotive Workshop Services LLC recently celebrated the grand opening of its first workshop franchisee in Salinas, Calif.

Bosch Auto Service Salinas opened to the public on May 20, 2024, and offers complete auto repair services. Jim Adams, owner of Bosch Auto Service Salinas — formerly Dick Adams Automotive — is the first owner to join the Bosch Auto Service Franchise.

Axalta Announces Partnership with Solera

Axalta customers will now be able to estimate their CO2 emissions per repair while considering repair methods, paint application process and drying conditions.

CTHS Auto Collision Students Dominate UTI Top Tech Challenge

Auto Collision students at Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School placed in six of the top 10 spots at the recent UTI Top Tech Challenge competition.

PPG to Build New Paint and Coatings Manufacturing Facility in Tennessee

The new plant is part of PPG’s planned $300 million investment in advanced manufacturing in North America to support increased demand for paints and coatings in the automotive industry.

CIF Announces Sherwin-Williams as Repeat Annual Donor

This marks Sherwin-Williams’ third consecutive donation at the Urgent Care tier.

Other Posts

Florida Maaco Transfers Ownership to Longtime Industry Veterans

Maaco announced that Maaco Longwood in Longwood, Fla., has transferred ownership from Elimu Kajunju to Justin DePasquale and Pete Huber.

AirPro Diagnostics Named Preferred Supplier for Fix Network

AirPro Diagnostics announced it has entered into an agreement with Fix Network to supply its franchisees with diagnostics and ADAS calibrations technologies.

ASE Spring Testing Underway, Deadline June 30

Those who register by June 30 will have 90 days to schedule an appointment to take their selected ASE tests.

Billions and Billions: Private Equity Investments in Collision Repair Surge 

In the last five months, more than $9 billion in capital has been invested into the collision repair industry by private equity firms.