Fiat Chrysler revving up its technician training program in Denver

Fiat Chrysler revving up its technician training program in Denver

Fiat Chrysler Cars, dealing with a nationwide scarcity of expert mechanics, is partnering with Lincoln School of Know-how’s Denver campus to coach extra technicians specialised in its automobiles.

“We’ve got sellers each within the Denver space and remainder of nation who want technicians,” stated Keith Yancy, director of the FCA Efficiency Institute in Auburn Hills, exterior of Detroit. “It’s a crucial program for us.”

College students enrolled within the auto restore program at Lincoln Tech can obtain further coaching on-line in Fiat, Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler fashions at no added cost beginning Jan. 2. The modules, which run a half hour to an hour every, can even be obtainable to all 750 or so college students on the college, together with these in different applications, like HVAC.

“It makes our college students extra marketable to Chrysler sellers. Extra importantly, whether or not they find yourself working at Chrysler or not, it’s 100 p.c free to them,” stated Ken Phipps, director of profession providers at Lincoln Tech’s Denver campus and a veteran auto mechanic, stated of the extra coaching.

As soon as college students efficiently full the Mopar Profession Automotive Program Native, they are going to be Stage zero, 1 technicians employable at dealerships all through the area.

Arapahoe Group School hosts a extra intensive Mopar CAP Conventional that takes longer to finish, however can present a better designation. Past that, FCA runs its personal coaching middle close to Interstate 70 and Peoria Avenue the place technicians get essentially the most superior coaching obtainable.

However the certification represents a foot within the door. Some dealerships will present full tuition reimbursement for workers attending the automotive program, which within the case of Lincoln Tech can run round $32,000 for a 13-month program, Phipps stated.

Others will reimburse college students for the price of instruments and tools. Beginning pay for an entry-level technician can run $13 to $16 an hour, Phipps stated. A talented and skilled MOPAR technician could make at a minimal $60,000 and often far more, Yancy stated.

“I requested one native supplier what number of of our guys can you’re taking,” stated Phipps, including the response he acquired was “all of them and extra. We will deal with extra.”

Phipps stated FCA is attempting to fill 28,000 positions at its dealerships nationwide it tasks will probably be wanted by way of 2020, together with 5,000 positions over the subsequent 12 months. The Denver program is the third and westernmost collaboration between Lincoln Tech and FCA after Mahwah, N.J., and Nashville.

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