It’s basic supply and demand. As more vehicles get on the road and the skills gap widens, there’s a growing demand for automotive mechanics. To get the supply they need, employers are seeking new ways to find and attract mechanics. Learn how a job as an auto mechanic could benefit you.
More vehicles plus fewer mechanics equals more jobs
The need for auto mechanics is huge and rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of auto mechanic jobs needed is projected to grow by 6 percent through 2026, which translates into the creation of nearly 46,000 jobs.
Chalk it up to more vehicles and more retirees. With about 268.8 million vehicles on the road in the U.S. (a number that is projected to reach the 2 billion mark by 2040), auto maintenance and repair is needed more than ever before. Not to mention, the average age of a mechanic in the U.S. is 50 years old, meaning more than 50 percent of auto techs will retire in the next 10-15 years. That translates into more jobs available for you.
Employers are seeking new ways to find auto mechanics
As the skills gap widens, repair shops and auto dealers are seeking new ways to find mechanics. Employers are willing to pay more for well-trained technicians than ever before, but training is critical. Employers are looking for new and innovative ways to attract new hires and promote employee retention. Many manufacturers, national and local repair shops and auto dealers are working with educational institutions like Matrix Trade Institute and offering tuition reimbursement, training and other incentives to attract mechanics.
Auto mechanic jobs offer long-term career benefits
Job security and opportunity for advancement are better than ever as the shortage of well-trained, entry-level auto mechanics fails to replace the number of retiring technicians. Additionally, technicians with professional soft skills, such as strong communication, can advance to management level positions and trade the wrench for the pen.
Go from learning to earning
You want a job, but you don’t want a lengthy education process and expensive tuition to slow you down. Put your career on the fast track with Matrix Trade Institute’s 20-week accelerated program. MTI offers local, affordable and efficient education for auto mechanics and arms its students with the tools and skills that employers look for in the hiring process.
Ready to start your education? Learn more about Matrix Trade Institute today.