There is growing concern over the lack of skilled, highly trained auto mechanics entering the industry, and it's well documented.

The problem, according to one article in USA today, is that the industry has shifted so that even though the young and inexperienced can get jobs as basic maintenance techs, the evolution of car technology has created an increase in demand for what would have once required an engineering degree.

Auto repair shops need highly trained mechanics, that have a deep understanding of how the automobile system is designed and operates, in order to understand the complexities of troubleshooting and repairing these now highly complicated and diverse systems.

Take a look at an exerpt of a comment from the following article:

"I've commented on the shortage of mechanics on a number of occasions on these boards. My school system paid me in the summer to study how well the school system was meeting the skill requirements of employers in our county and employers were begging us for more auto mechanics from new car dealers to repair shops to United Airlines at BWI Airport. Those with strong skills and certificates can make $100,000 in their early 20's with overtime."

According to the article listed below, the shortage in skilled workers has forced car dealers in many parts of the country to compete with each other to hire advanced auto mechanics.

Job Market for Auto Mechanics is Wide Open

Job Outlook: {Bureau of Labor Statistics}

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be very good.

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

2012 Median Pay: $36,610 per year-$17.60 per hour Entry-Level Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work Experience in a Related Occupation-None On-the-job Training-Long-term on-the-job training Number of Jobs, 2012-701,100 Job Outlook, 2012-22-9% (As fast as average) Employment Change, 2012-22-60,400
Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, About as fast as the average for all occupations.
Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be very good.

No matter what field someone chooses, the more education level chosen the more money is made.

Our mission is to fill the void we have observed in other educational programs by producing true master mechanics, to provide our interns free tuition, and that after graduation they will have the ability to perform quality automotive engine and transmission remanufacturing, understand and utilize machine shop and auto body collision technology, and be valued members of society.

While attending local community college automotive technology certificate programs I realized the instruction was only basic and there is no chance for a graduate to obtain a job in the field they chose. The instruction offered in automotive technology programs is that students work in groups on broken engines. Diagnosis on the engine to see if what repairs are required is not possible. The groups of students, usually five, disassemble the broken engines, most of which have missing parts, then reassemble with the parts still missing. Naturally the engines were not started to see if they ran properly. After researching, I learned this is common with automotive technology schools across the nation. The basic reason for this type of instruction is that it is the most cost effective.

When an engine is disassembled and then reassembled much of the hardware cannot be reused. “Head Bolts” or “Main Bearing Bolts” stretch out when torque is applied so cannot be reused, so the schools just don’t actually repair the engine as it is too costly. This does not give students the real knowledge and hands-on education in automotive instruction. Also too much time is spent in the classroom on textbooks, especially if the procedure is not reinforced in the auto lab.

While I was attending a community college automotive program I purchased a 2002 Isuzu Trooper which had a blown main bearing. Metal particles traveled through the engine components necessitating the engine be remanufactured through a machine shop. After receiving permission from the administration, I was allowed to remanufacture the engine. According to the vehicle manual this repair should take 30 hours, but it took me 32 weeks because of lack of instruction. The car was take home with parts in buckets and the engine was not reassembled or placed back into vehicle. I finished the reassembly and installation at my home. What I am building up to is how I gathered information from the nationally used online mechanic information gathering database used by colleges. Mechanics use this database to understand how certain components are disconnected, auto manufacturers’ torquing specifications, etc. This database proved to have many flaws and unreliable information. The database would be of little use to a non-mechanic and is difficult to use by professional mechanics and class instructors. The way the database is constructed makes it difficult to quickly and easily find the information you are searching.

I decided to begin a database on my own engine. As each component was removed I documented the component, the number of bolts, sizes and pitch of threads, and information other databases do not provide. I took photos of each engine component and the bolts that attached the component to the engine. I documented steps on each job performed. It was to be an example database because it could be nothing more, but the two other students working with me just removed components from the engine and put them on the work bench without any marking or chronological order, so a professional database was impossible. But the idea was forged to develop a revolutionary new Web Auto Repair Database, a professional 3D image component and fastener database which would work in unison with an auto manufacturer service shop manual. It would be built it in way making it understandable for both professional and non-professional mechanics.

As my idea of creating Web Auto Repair Database progressed I learned automotive graduate students could not find a job in their chosen career due to the meager knowledge they had acquired, and they had to work in the most menial positions. The idea for Web Auto Repair Database to create its own automotive school came into being. Tech Craftsman Career Building Trade School's Internship/Apprenticeship programs will be an accredited 4-year university in Missouri offering automotive, engine, and vehicle body design bachelor degrees, construction architecture bachelor degrees, and electrical engineering degrees.

While I was designing (WARD)’s and Tech Craftsman Career Building Trade School's educational plan, I remembered the personal problems I encountered as when I was a high school dropout. There is a gap between the uneducated and educated. The big difference between those two groups is that the group attending college or a career building courses have the ability to read and write leaving the uneducated behind. If you can read, you can do anything or go anywhere. (WARD) and (TCCBTS) will work to develop skills for the students that can read, write, and understand basic math, but we will also work with uneducated, unskilled individuals including high school dropouts and nonviolent felons, teaching them reading, writing, math, and computer skills. These basics are necessary so they can understand how to use computerized equipment, take measurements to see how much components such as cylinders or cam and camshaft elements need to be machined, or complete documents such as work orders.

Part of what causes attitude in an individual is embarrassment of not knowing. Not being able to read the class assignment and have meaningful discussion is frustrating and causes anger or the feeling of defeat which can then be the basis for abandonment of a program or even a job. These obstacles are overcome through reading, writing, math, and computers skills, which will make an individual capable of progressing through an intensive 24 month career building program either in automotive technology, construction, or working with technology in computer firewalls, networking, or web design. This is where Tech Craftsman Career Building Trade School programs build individuals into masters at their trade.

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