In the last 6 months, we have trained 22 new mechanics. It isn’t hundreds, it isn’t thousands, and it isn’t a magic panacea that will reverse decades of decline in our skilled labor pool. But it is a start, and it works. Each one of those mechanics is working hard, fixing machines, and looking forward to a long, prosperous career.
We must fix this now. Before all the previous generation is gone. We can only pass the torch of knowledge if someone exists to hold it, every mechanic that leaves the industry without training a replacement leaves a hole we cannot easily fill, a knowledge that may be lost forever.
I invite everyone in the industry to help. If you have a senior mechanic willing to teach and mentor, let us know. If you have young mechanics that need to learn, let us know. Let’s grow this community, let’s get each other’s phone numbers, and let’s do this together.
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