What would you do if the next time your car breaks down it takes months to fix or worse there’s no one to do the work it needs?
It’s a problem that’s slowly becoming a reality, thanks to a growing auto technician shortage.
Many auto shops depend on students entering the work force to have interest in careers like this.
However, of the 40 students in the Automotive Department here at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, only about half will become auto techs making there a greater local need for the position.
“There’s a lot of kids these days that just don’t want to get their hands dirty, I’ve noticed a lot of them just want to be famous, doing like videoing,” Garrett Johnsonbaugh, Student at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, said.
These techs have to know how to reconstruct a car after an accident and re-work censors, wire harnesses and the safety restraint system.
General Manager Shawn Packer says they’ve been searching candidates for awhile.