According to Market Source, the United States faces a “significant and continuing shortage of automotive technicians.”
Patascara, Ohio — As the threat of winter weather continues to mount heading into Wednesday, the need for a mechanic becomes even more likely.
“No one likes being out in the cold,” said Gary Forrest. “A car too.”
Forrest has owned Local Boys Automotive Service Repair since 2006 and visits every winter.
“A little bit of everything,” he said. “A lot of suspension work. Steering, suspension. People drive off the road.”
From undercarriage work to tires, alignments and broken door handles.
“They will freeze and people will pull,” Forrest said. “They’re plastic.” [and] Rip it right out of their car.
While demand for services is high, employment is low in many downtown Ohio stores.
“We were always a little short on technicians here and there,” Forrest said. “You can always use another one.”
Forrest says he has five people in his garage and has been full staff for the past two years.
According to Market Source, the United States faces a “significant and continuing shortage of automotive technicians.” Also, from 2020 to 2026, he estimates he will need 76,000 technicians just to keep up with demand for 16,500 shops. The demand that Forrest sees every day.
“[I] There are more cars we can do today than we can,” he said.
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