A partial remedy to Kern County’s worsening shortage of vehicle mechanics is taking shape within a 10,000-square-foot constructing under design in close proximity to Pacheco Highway not much from the Bakersfield Car Mall.
In a distinctive general public-non-public partnership involving Bakersfield College or university, an auction company and a group of neighborhood automobile dealers, the setting up is remaining outfitted with six bays for teaching folks to recondition utilized cars for sale to dealerships all over the condition.
The program gearing up for its 1st course following spring would award certificates to students who make it by means of the non-credit history study course after getting referred by Bakersfield car or truck dealers and regional auto repair stores. It’s noticed as a way to sharpen workers’ capabilities even though encouraging the business employees up in time for a wave of mechanics heading into retirement within just the following 10 decades.
WSM Auctions, host of a wholesale motor vehicle auction having location each and every Wednesday around Galey’s Maritime Provide, procured land for the making at 2703 Blue Mountain Way about a yr ago. Other than conducting its weekly auctions at the facility as early as this fall, the corporation decided to construct area for BC learners to find out how to acquire in employed cars and put together them for resale.
“We are just acquiring our have spot and saw some opportunity to deliver BC together,” explained fourth-era auctioneer Austin Pennington, WSM’s vice president and functions supervisor.
The system is to make the facility a place for cars that regional sellers get on trade-in (WSM also auctions off vehicles presented by persons who are not car dealers, but only dealerships can invest in them). BC instructors doing the job on-site would then train students enrolled in the application how to recondition the motor vehicles, undertaking servicing, insignificant repairs, problems-shooting and protection inspections.
Pennington said the perform places will be located on each and every facet of the big place where by motor vehicles are pushed to auction.
“It can be heading to be state of the artwork,” he explained.
BC’s dean of instruction for industrial technologies and transportation, Anthony “Tony” Cordova, famous the method is absolutely free to pupils. It does not nevertheless end result in class credits for the college’s automotive college students, he explained, but it can guide pupils towards classes that do contribute to an associate’s degree, and it “absolutely closes that gap” of skilled mechanics in at any time-better need in Kern.
It’s feasible the program will later on be folded into BC’s a lot more formal schooling plan, which now offers about 400 learners, he stated. But at a bare minimum, it gives students abilities community companies say they will need.
“With the boost of your abilities, it improves your employability,” Cordova said.
The Better Bakersfield New Car Dealers Association has played a huge function in helping set the application with each other. Association Director John Pitre, main running officer at Motor City Buick GMC Lexus, claimed the notion was to develop a even bigger collection of foreseeable future automobile experts to deal with a 10 years-outdated scarcity.
He figures there are now sufficient opportunity college students for two years’ value of lessons. He approximated the program’s capacity at 10 to 12 trainees at a time for up to 4 sets of students per calendar year.
The method would method maybe 20 autos for each week, sufficient to fork out for hire, utilities and elements, Pitre approximated. He included the thought is just not to make a earnings and that any income left about could be despatched to the college’s fundraising foundation.
Each member of the automobile dealers association would be equipped to mail utilized cars for reconditioning at the facility, he mentioned. They would receive a decreased amount for labor, and in the meantime, the staff members who affiliation customers refer to the application will understand how to do mid-amount work.
“We have to get started somewhere” instruction the future era of mechanics, Pitre stated, “and this is wherever we have chosen to put our stake in the floor.”