GOOD NEWS: MC Program Keeps Trucks Running During Supply Chain Crisis


ENVIRONMENT The shortage of semiconductor chips is not going away, and the supply chain needs in-service trucks to stay in service. Midland College (TM) Automotive and Diesel Technology programs therefore help keep existing trucks running smoothly, making their scheduled deliveries this holiday season.

Automotive service technicians and diesel mechanics are working through an interesting and exciting time. Long-term preventive and predictive maintenance by technicians has become a key component in managing supply chain issues.

“As technicians we can’t see the future, but we can perform routine updates such as tire rotations and oil changes while keeping our eyes open for future issues that may arise. for a vehicle on the road, ”Pete Avalos, MC department director / professor of automotive technology, diesel technology and energy technology said. “The focus is on extending the life of current fleets, as vehicle replacement is not cost effective or impossible at this time. I say all the time to my students as technicians, we have to meet this demand right now. At MC, we prioritize maintenance, repairs, good judgment and decision making – thinking through the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best. “

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects from 2014 to 2024, employment opportunities for diesel service technicians will increase by 12% and by 19% for automotive service technicians.

“The supply chain issue is serious, but it presents opportunities for MC’s automotive and diesel technicians,” Avalos said. “The jobs these tech students learn cannot be outsourced. It’s an increasingly complicated job. The benefits of preventive and predictive maintenance will not go away. This chip shortage and supply chain crisis only highlights just what MC technicians can do in the future. “

MC’s automotive technology curriculum reflects a modular approach ranging from simple to complex skills, covering operational theory, diagnosis, repair, maintenance, practical skills, accepted workshop procedures, different car models, including recent models of vehicles with electronic systems.

MC’s Diesel Technology program trains students in the repair of complex electrical systems, electronic controls, braking, suspension and steering systems, heating and air conditioning, engine performance, engines, manual transmissions. and axles, hydrostatic and automatic transmissions and diesel / automotive workshop management.

Both programs are accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The program is designed to prepare students to pass the National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.

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