Roanoke VA – An Army veteran had gone to work for a local independent auto repair facility. He worked his way up to the lead technician role and the top producer in the shop. He wanted more for his family and himself, so he started a 5-year plan to open his own shop.
He contacted MECHANIC ALLIANCE FOUNDATION (MAF) to help him build a business plan with the goal of ownership within 5 years. The owner of the shop where he was working found out about the plan and, long story short, the owner fired him. All of sudden the 5-year plan became a 5-day plan.
Together with MAF a truck and his last paycheck MAF built a plan that included potential customer, the marketing plan, the income targets. Within a week he was operating his own mobile auto repair business. The first 6 weeks were a struggle. There were many calls to MAF where he expressed concern about his decisions and fear that he would never make. The staff at MAF continued to encourage him and provided recommendations on how to drive business to him. Within the first 3 months he was making more money that he did as a lead tech, his family is much better now that he has control over his schedule. 9 months later he was able to take most of the month of December off and still have money to meet his family’s needs. 2 years later he has a loyal customer base that love the service that he provides and is looking to add a brick and mortar facility that will be supported by his mobile business
This is just one example of how MAF is meeting the mission of improving the life of the technician and owner while changing the public’s perception of the auto repair industry,
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Technicians (you know who you are we have met with you and helped some of you with your resume) that are looking for a M.A.F. Certified Shop that takes care of their team members. Here is our starter list.
Owners that take care your team members, how come we haven't talked?
We at Mechanic Alliance Foundation align great auto repair shops that take care of their team members with today's skilled and knowledgeable technicians that are thirsting for more knowledge and support from their industry.
We interview and validate each shop owner and technician to make sure they are who they say they are.
We would never have you hire a technician we ourselves would never hire, likewise we would never send a technician to a shop that we would never work for ourselves. This has taken time on our end to make sure that both owners and technicians are truly of a higher caliber.
We have spent the last two years building our technician base to now offer shop owners qualified technicians for a one-time cost.
We are not going to lie like other companies out there, if you are looking for that A+ tech it will take a lot of time and the right circumstances to help you achieve that. However, if you are willing to bring a solid tech up to that A+ tech position we can help you find them and help you train them to become that technician.
Technicians - There is no cost to you. We do however ask you to donate while we help you through the process of finding that great shop owner who values your knowledge and skills.
Owners - There is a one-time cost of $850 per shop ($1,200 normal price) to become part of our Certified Mechanic Repair Shop Lifetime Program. Your information will be posted for life, to be sent out on a continually basis throughout the following days, weeks, months, and years ahead. We know from owning repair shops ourselves that you should always be looking for good help.
There has been a large shortage of skilled technicians in the automotive industry for many years now. we are seeing less shops start up due to city regulations and the cost of brick and mortar.
This issue in our industry is of catastrophic proportions. If you are interested to talk as a shop owner or as a technician Contact Us here.
Here are several reasons why this catastrophic exodus is happening:
- Aging workforce: Many mechanics are reaching retirement age, and there are not enough younger technicians to replace them. This is partly due to a lack of interest among young people in pursuing a career as a technician.
- Technological advances: The increasing complexity of modern cars means that technicians need to be highly skilled and constantly updating their knowledge. Some technicians may feel overwhelmed by the rapid pace of technological change and choose to leave the industry.
- Working conditions: Some technicians may find the physical demands of the job to be too strenuous, or may be dissatisfied with their working conditions, such as low pay or long hours.
- Competition from other industries: As the economy changes, there may be more lucrative job opportunities in other industries that attract skilled workers away from the automotive industry.
To address this shortage, some employers are offering incentives to attract and retain skilled mechanics, such as higher pay, better working conditions, and training programs. Additionally, there is a growing need for training programs to attract and prepare younger people for careers in mechanics, and to ensure that they have the skills needed to meet the demands of the industry.
Self-driving cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, are cars that are able to navigate and operate themselves without human intervention. They use a combination of sensors, cameras, and advanced algorithms to perceive their surroundings and make decisions about how to move through them.
The development of self-driving cars has been a major focus of research and development in recent years, with many major car manufacturers and technology companies investing heavily in the field. The potential benefits of self-driving cars include improved safety, reduced traffic congestion, increased efficiency, and greater mobility for people who are unable to drive themselves.
However, there are also many challenges that need to be overcome before self-driving cars can become a widespread reality. These include technical challenges related to developing reliable and accurate sensors and algorithms, legal and regulatory challenges related to safety and liability, and social and ethical challenges related to issues such as privacy and job displacement.
Despite these challenges, self-driving cars are widely seen as a potentially transformative technology with the potential to fundamentally change the way we live, work, and move around our cities and communities.
While self-driving cars have the potential to revolutionize the transportation industry, there are also some potential downsides to consider:
- Safety concerns: While self-driving cars have the potential to reduce accidents caused by human error, there are also concerns around their safety. There have been incidents of self-driving cars malfunctioning, and there is a risk that hackers could potentially compromise the technology.
- Job displacement: Self-driving cars could potentially lead to job displacement for drivers and other workers in the transportation industry, such as truck drivers, taxi drivers, and delivery drivers.
- Cost: Self-driving cars are currently expensive to develop and manufacture, and the cost of the technology could potentially make them unaffordable for many consumers.
- Dependence on technology: Self-driving cars rely on a complex system of sensors, cameras, and algorithms to operate. If any of these components fail, the vehicle could malfunction or stop working altogether.
- Legal and regulatory challenges: There are still many legal and regulatory challenges that need to be addressed before self-driving cars can become widespread. For example, there are questions around liability in the event of an accident involving a self-driving car.
Overall, while self-driving cars have the potential to bring many benefits, there are also some potential downsides to consider. It will be important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of this technology as it continues to develop.
Repairing self-driving cars can be more challenging and complex than repairing traditional vehicles because of the advanced technology and sensors that are integrated into the vehicle's systems.
Here are some potential challenges that may arise when repairing self-driving cars:
- Specialized training: Technicians who repair self-driving cars may need specialized training to understand the complex systems and technology used in these vehicles.
- Availability of parts: As self-driving cars use advanced technology, it may be more difficult to source replacement parts, especially if the vehicle's systems are proprietary.
- Data privacy: Self-driving cars collect a lot of data about their operation and the environment around them. Repair technicians will need to be trained on how to handle this data and ensure its privacy is maintained.
- Safety concerns: Repairing self-driving cars can be dangerous if the repair technician is not properly trained to handle the high voltage batteries and other safety-critical systems.
- Compatibility issues: With different manufacturers developing self-driving car technology, there may be compatibility issues between different systems that make repairs more challenging.
Overall, repairing self-driving cars requires specialized knowledge and training, and repair technicians will need to stay up-to-date with the latest technology and safety procedures. As the technology advances, it will be important for repair shops to adapt and invest in the necessary equipment and training to handle these vehicles.