"We (McGee Tire) did this because we were seeing a huge shortage of qualified technicians in the industry," he said.
Quality automotive repair performed by skilled technicians has always been a standard at McGee Auto Service, Mr. McGee said, and the training program will help assure "this standard continues long into the future."
McGee Auto said within the year-long, multi-course training path, six automotive technician trainees have been chosen to undergo hands-on classroom training and certifications. Each student was selected based on prior performance, positive attitude and a sincere dedication to McGee and their career development goals.
Each trainee was required to have been with the company for more than six months, Mr. McGee said. The future technicians were given $3,000 worth of tools to complete the course to help them specialize in each of the eight categories of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications.
Steve Novak, project director for the McGee Tire Technician Development Program, told Tire Business the classes run one week a month for 11 months.
He said tuition is $201.60 per 35-hour (one week) course and there is a fixed-fee cost of $210 per year for student ID/parking pass, lab fee, text book and online course work.