There’s not much debate about it. One of the biggest challenges facing our industry is the lack of new qualified technicians.
The SSA director, Craig Fry has been intrigued with this problem for decades. Back in the nineties, he was the executive director of a national organization called “Technicians Unlimited.” Since then, many efforts have been tried to address the problem, most with little effect. But things may be changing.
Communities throughout North America are beginning to recognize the value of STEM jobs. STEM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” For many years, heavy duty truck technicians have not been recognized a STEM career, but organizations like SSA can help to change that.
It starts at the local level. And you can make a difference.
High schools, trade schools, community colleges and even four-year universities are beginning to pay attention to this growing need. But they need assistance, your assistance.
You can offer your expertise in the industry be advising schools in your area on what skills they need to teach and how to develop courses to teach them. And they’ll welcome your help.
Pilot programs have already begun on the west coast and they’ve met with tremendous success. A whole generation of new technicians is coming along and the shops involved in developing the programs are first in line to hire them.
At the SSA Convention in October, Craig is going to talk about what has been accomplished so far and how you can get involved in your neighborhood. In his seminar, he’ll show you how to step out of your comfort zone and make a difference in the future of our industry.