January 22, 2019 | Arizona Republic
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.