An important component in the trucking pipeline is the technician, who allows the truck driver to complete their transport jobs by servicing and repairing the trucks. There is a shortage of technicians, and the industry must attract new techs. It is a rewarding job with opportunities for lucrative compensation and advancement, but it faces the challenge of its perception as an unskilled and unrewarding job. In fact, technicians use the latest technology and don’t just work with their hands. Also, more people in the beginning of their careers are going into college instead of trades, which might not work for everyone; those people should consider a technician career instead. It is a job market that will never die as long as there is shipping. There are contests and resources available to support beginning and future technicians.
- A major concern of the trucking industry is the widely reported shortage of professional truck drivers.
- There also are opportunities for technicians to advance into management roles
- Today’s technicians don’t simply turn wrenches; they connect their laptop computers to trucks to perform critical diagnostics.
“A major concern of the trucking industry is the widely reported shortage of professional truck drivers, who of course play a vital role in the U.S. economy by safely transporting the nation’s freight.”