When thinking of the automotive industry, many envision the auto technicians that provide regular maintenance to consumer vehicles. However, auto technicians have a bigger impact on consumers, companies, and the economy than one might think. They service large trucks and trailers that transport food and other goods across the country. They keep municipal fleet vehicles in shape for police departments, fire departments, and first responders. They fine tune specialty cars for races from Nascar to drag racing.
Technology is transforming blue-collar workplaces and, in turn, demanding more advanced skills. However, new tools and technology can’t replace the job of a technician. The auto technician workforce reached 100,596 in 2020. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 46,000 more automotive service technicians and mechanics will be needed to fill roles through 2026. However, with demand up, the supply of quality technicians is down. Factors for this include lack of training and challenges that accompany the job ranging from physical stress and the extreme environment that typically accompanies an automotive shop, as well as increased competition to attract techs. A shortage of technicians creates a challenge for employers in a variety of markets – including dealerships, auto shops, and collision centers.
So how do managers and auto shop owners recruit and, more importantly, retain top talent? Benefits, guaranteed hours, growth opportunities, paid training, and new equipment can certainly sweeten the deal. Perhaps even more important? Making your shop environment a place technicians WANT TO BE IN should be at the top of the list. It may seem obvious, but auto technicians spend hours at the shop, and they want to feel safe and comfortable. How can you make sure the space is inviting day-in-and-day-out and keep technicians safe?
Here are a few achievable methods to prioritize comfort and safety that may help to attract technicians to your shop.
In addition to keeping technicians safe, prioritizing safety can also make technicians more productive. Without the distraction of extreme heat and a cluttered environment, technicians can focus on the task at hand. Happy and productive technicians are essential to move the business forward. Check out the full lineup of Portacool portable evaporative coolers to find the best solution for your shop.