Technician shortage: Fleets, dealers, shops face growing gap for qualified mechanics
Just like the driver shortage plaguing trucking fleets and projected to worsen in the next decade, so too does the industry face a growing need for truck mechanics.
The trucking industry could face a technician shortage as large as 200,000, say sources in the piece, and the Department of Labor predicts the current 1 million jobs in auto, diesel and collision repair industries to grow 17 percent by 2020.
However, only about 3,500 diesel and truck techs enter the labor market through schools each year — not nearly enough to keep up with growth and demand.
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