Shortage Of Auto Technicians Has Tulsa Shops Scrambling For Help - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Shortage Of Auto Technicians Has Tulsa Shops Scrambling For Help

Posted: Updated:
TULSA, Oklahoma -

A nationwide shortage of skilled laborers is causing problems in Tulsa.

Trained mechanics are hard to come by, putting car dealerships and auto shops in a pinch.

One local dealership is hoping to encourage high school students to consider a career as a service technician.

“There's always going to be a job for an automotive technician,” student Skotty Camp said.

The 17 year old has always been fascinated by the things that make cars run.

“I actually work on my motorcycle and my mother’s car all the time, so it's kind of like a hobby to me, more than a job," Camp said.

He's one of a handful of high school students chosen to take part in Universal Technical Institutes' recruitment program.

The program shows them what a day in the job looks like, and what the school has to offer.

It's a push to get students interested in a wide-open market.

“Right now, we need almost 35,000 technicians a year, this industry does,” Lexus of Tulsa Service Director Ted Dollar said. “We are the largest at what we do, and we don't even come close to meeting the need.”

The need is something Dollar faces when looking for qualified people.

“The lack of technicians wanting to get into this field is probably our biggest issue,” he said.

So he searches for new hires like a sports scout.

"It's always a recruiting game,” he said. “I recruit at restaurants, you never know.”

Ted hopes he won't always have to do that.

He wants more young people to discover what the automotive industry has to offer.

"If you're not a traditional student and you like to work with your hands, there is a great opportunity for you in this industry,” a UTI rep said.

An opportunity Skotty is set to accept.

 

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.