March 9, 2015
Tri State Truck Center, Inc., is tackling head-on the shortage of skilled diesel technicians.
The company is sponsoring a classroom in the Norwood, Mass. campus of Universal Technical Institute, a leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.
Tri State Truck Center will unveil the sponsored classroom during a grand opening at 10:30 a.m. March 13 at UTI – in Norwood. But the company’s plans for the initiative don’t stop there.
“We are starting at UTI,” says Kevin Holmes, President and CEO of Tri State Truck Center. “We want to get in front of students, and let them know how important the career path they have chosen really is. We plan on moving into high schools and vocational schools to encourage students to think of other avenues and opportunities when considering their future, and their career paths.
Holmes says the company’s management team is impacted by this skills shortage every day.
“We have diesel technician positions to fill, and nobody to fill them,” he says. “Our customers simply cannot afford to have their trucks down, and off the road for lack of technicians for equipment maintenance and repair.”
Chuck Barresi, Campus President of UTI-Norwood, says many local employers like Tri State Center are working closely with UTI to help them build their pipeline and fill open positions for qualified, entry-level technicians.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the best job opportunities for diesel service technicians are for those who have completed formal post-secondary education, and have strong technical skills.
“The high demand for technicians has created greater employment opportunities for our graduates,” says Barresi.
“Students and families should know that the opportunities available in diesel and trucking are incredibly important to our nation, and provide exceptional career paths and growth opportunities. These are jobs to be proud of,” Holmes adds.