THE REAL PROBLEM
This is an input problem. Plain and simple. And the two biggest barriers to people entering the profession are time and cost. In today’s world, people do not have time for a two-year program or an expensive technical program, some of which run as high as $46,000. (This is not a misprint.)
Here’s the crazy thing. Companies don’t ask for that level of training in an entry-level technician. In fact, it’s just the opposite. A 2017 Technology and Maintenance Council task force asked hundreds of companies what skills they wanted entry-level techs to possess when they walked through the door for the first time. It wasn’t engine tear downs or rebuilding transmissions. It was preventative maintenance, brakes, wheels and tires, electrical, parts replacement. You know, stuff that keeps the truck on the road. Would you trust a brand new technician with a $30,000 engine? Of course not.