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Trump Apprenticeships to Fill 28,000 Heavy Truck Technician Jobs

Certified Truck Technicians Wanted

The executive director of ATA's Technology and Maintenance council Robert Braswell estimates that the trucking industry is experiencing a labor deficiency of 28,000 Truck technicians, as reported in this article at Transport Topics.

President Trump has addressed the critical trucking industry shortages of qualified CDL drivers and certified heavy truck technicians with an executive order in an effort to expand incentives and attract new recruits to the industry. ATA's Braswell noted that the automotive industry offers expansive apprenticeship programs for technicians, while comparable apprenticeship opportunities for certified truck technicians are lacking.

The Trump administration's U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao are working to expand apprenticeship programs for truck technicians modeled after the successful Werner Apprenticeship Program for truck drivers, also reported at Transport Topics.

The Werner program, established in 2006, provides up to $23,000 dollars in federally funded training grants and tax-free benefits for apprentice drivers. The Trump administration is now pushing Congress to double the 19 million in federal funds in the current 2017 budget for expanded apprenticeship programs for both drivers and certified technicians in 2018.

Earn While You Learn

One of the obstacles facing entry-level truck technicians is the hefty investment needed to acquire their required tools of the trade, which can cost up to $20,000. An extended one or two-year working apprenticeship program for technicians, similar to the Werner program for drivers, could ease the burden of that initial investment allowing apprentices to "earn as they learn".

Secretary of Labor Acosta assured the trucking industry at the American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference & Exhibition that the new programs wouldn't be "micromanaged from Washington", to ease the regulatory headaches companies have experienced with federally funded programs in the past. Transportation Secretary Chao stated that the new apprenticeships will provide opportunities for women, members of underserved communities, as well as veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce. 

Certified Truck Technicians at National Truck and Equipment

The good news is that there is no shortage of certified talent at National Truck and Equipment. As Columbus, Ohio's premier truck dealer, we have a highly qualified staff with all the technical expertise to serve all your trucking needs from mechanical and fabrication to paint and detailing, and our specialty is quality, work ready trucks, trailers, and equipment for professionals and homeowners alike, so don't hesitate to contact us for all your trucking needs.