By the end of 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles wants to hire 5,000 service technicians in the U.S. To do that, it will add more than 100 training facilities by that time and has recruited 50 technical training schools to train the next generation of techs for it American dealerships.
Through its Mopar Career Automotive Program, FCA wants to help combat the shrinking number of service technicians in the industry.
“We envision that the majority of our dealerships will be located within roughly an hour’s drive from the nearest certified-training facility,” said John Fox, director of the FCA Performance Institute. Through this training, FCA can have technicians ready to “hit the ground running” at dealerships thanks to their experience and knowledge, he added.
In about two years, said a news release from FCA, students can earn a two-year associate’s degree in automotive technology or equivalent. Upon graduation, they are qualified to handle customer pay and warranty work for FCA US dealerships.
“Incorporating Level 0 and Level 1 training into high-quality, entry-level training will produce a highly skilled workforce now and for years to come. This should be the training model all manufacturers in all industries use,” said Patrick Hart, executive director of the New York Automotive & Diesel Institute in Jamaica, N.Y.