Auto industry members will have no trouble finding news about the shortage of automotive service technicians. AutoNation has also taken notice.
The company knows that as vehicle technology advances at a rapid pace, automotive service techs have the opportunity for a strong career path.
With all that in mind, AutoNation announced company plans to recruit and hire more than 500 service technicians to fill positions at its service and collision centers.
“This is a great opportunity for tech school grads, men, women, veterans, those just out of the military and anyone who is willing to invest in the training in order to make a career change,” AutoNation executive vice president of customer care and brand extensions Scott Arnold said in a news release. “We continue to be a leader and the employer of choice with what we can offer.”
With the hiring move, AutoNation is keeping up with an industry-wide trend in the area of working to attract technicians. Auto Remarketing recently reported on a partnership between Hireology and automotive marketing services provider Maritz. The companies announced in April they were working on a project to help dealers identify top job candidates, speed the hiring process and manage onboarding through areas such as training, communications, incentives and recognition.
As another example, an Auto Care Association program with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recognizes technicians with the 2019 World Class Technician award, which is an appreciation of technicians who have achieved ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2018 certification test administration.
And in yet another example, Asbury Automotive Group and NADA have created additional programs to boost the dealership workforce.
AutoNation has already made various efforts in attracting technicians. The company says its compensation package is competitive. It also provides free technical training.
Also part of AutoNation’s package to lure service techs: performance incentives. The company also says it offers “a clear career path with ample opportunity for advancement for both part- and fulltime employees.”
The company also offers technicians continuing education opportunities.
In addition, access to state-of-the-art tools and technology, paid vacation, health insurance, maternity leave and signing/referral bonuses, are other benefits AutoNation offers to technicians.