New push for recruits during auto mechanic shortage, WTAE says

Dylan Edwards

For those looking for a career, the road to the future may be on the road itself. No four-year-degree is required, and jobs are in high demand.

It's a field that, for all of its benefits, is still dealing with a decades-old public relations problem.

"There's still the old-school thing that as an automotive technician, you're just getting your hands greasy and it may not have a top-of-the-line, A-type student going into that, but today that's who we need," said David Amati, of the Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association.

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The field of auto mechanics has become more about gigabytes than grease.

Even basic new vehicles today have up to 30 microprocessor devices. Luxury cars have up to 100.

The Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association covers an 11-county area and currently has a shortage of almost 500 workers.

"The dealers in our region sold 150,000 new cars last year. Every one of those cars have multiple computers in them and an enormous amount of electronics. Those have to be serviced immediately and repaired," Amati said.

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