BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Program aims to fill growing demand for automotive technician jobs

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

The demand for qualified technicians is growing in the automotive industry. Charlie Smith works at with Icahn Automotive Group, a company that owns and operates businesses that provide automotive parts and services.

He says his company like many others across the country is already finding it difficult to find qualified technicians and that challenge is only expected to grow.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2026 there will be 46,000 positions that need to be filled in this industry.

It’s one reason why Icahn Automotive Group created its national Race to 2026 Program. The company is teaming up with technical training schools like Lincoln Technical Institute by offering scholarships, classrooms, and internship opportunities among other things. To stay current, Lincoln Technical Institute’s campus president says they work in close contact with industry players to make sure the schools curriculum advances with technology.