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January 22, 2019   |   Arizona Republic

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Arizona school seeks to train more mechanics amid looming worker shortage


Auto mechanics are in demand. The U.S. Labor Department projects an average of around 120,000 annual job openings in coming years in the automotive, diesel and collision-repair industries. Many of the jobs have become technically more demanding.

Paul Cater's interest in auto mechanics dates back to helping his father work on a 1971 Buick Skylark as a kid.Following service with the Marines, the 24-year-old Alabama native moved to Arizona to study mechanics — especially big Cummins commercial-truck engines on the Avondale campus operated by Phoenix-based Universal Technical Institute. After graduating next month, Cater hopes to land a job with Cummins, Caterpillar or another company that makes large diesel engines — and Universal Technical Institute hopes to enroll more students like him as the nation faces a shortage of mechanics for small passenger cars, big commercial trucks and everything in between.


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