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BFIT grad turned instructor shares insights on automotive career paths

Posted by Jim Dellot on Oct 5, 2016 7:34:00 AM

I graduated from BFIT's Automotive Technology associate degree program 40 years ago, so I have quite a few years of experience, industry and teaching, under my belt.

The most important thing I have seen is that if students want it, it’s theirs to take. BFIT graduates who have a strong work ethic, and who are willing to do what it takes to get the job done, simply have it made. Employers in the automotive industry and in any arena will want to hire them.

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Topics: Automotive Technology

Why automotive techs are in such high demand

Posted by Erin Graham on Aug 11, 2016 9:45:24 AM

By all accounts, job openings in the automotive industry are plentiful. The only problem? Finding enough good people to fill them, according to David Protano, chair, Automotive Technology and associate professor at BFIT. “It’s not just technicians who are needed,” Protano says. “It’s automotive salespeople, parts specialists, service managers—all areas are in need of new hires.”

Dozens of employers across the automotive industry call Protano regularly, looking to hire automotive technicians from BFIT. “I get calls virtually every day from employers looking to hire good automotive technicians,” he says.

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Topics: News, Automotive Technology

Women in Automotive Technology on track to become industry leaders

Posted by Ashley Mansfield on Apr 12, 2016 4:17:00 PM

Today, there exists exciting career opportunities for women to enter the growing automotive industry. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the country’s automotive repair and maintenance industry is expected to add 237,500 new jobs and will grow by 30% through 2020. 

Yet, women in the automotive industry are significantly underrepresented across all positions in the field. Men hold approximately 75% of all jobs within the industry, and over 95% of all technical positions, including automotive technicians and service advisors.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) currently has 12 women enrolled in our automotive department across our certificate, associate, and bachelor's degree programs, which is about 10% of all students in the Automotive Technology department. This number has remained steady for the past few years. Yet, while we have made strides in recruiting women into this program, more work needs to be done to support them in building a network and gaining self-confidence.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the country's automotive repair and maintenance industry is expected to add 237,500 new jobs and will grow by 30% through 2020.

Last year, with the help of students, BFIT established the Automotive Women’s Group to serve as a forum for women to network, gain job-ready skills, and share experiences in the automotive field. Since that time, the group has hosted meetings and invited women in the automotive industry to speak about their careers. These activities have already resulted in mentorship opportunities and job offers for some students.

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Topics: News, Automotive Technology

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