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Transportation Industry Awareness Month

Transportation Industry Awareness Month – September 2021

September is Transportation Industry Awareness Month at the Imagine America Foundation, and we can’t wait to share some fantastic resources with our community of counselors, workforce development boards, VA offices, parents, and—of course—students.

Careers in the transportation industry are a popular choice for many recent high school grads and adults alike who are interested in a hands-on trade. And it’s no wonder why! There are more vehicles on the road today than ever before, and a variety of trained techs are needed to keep them (and the industries they support) running well.

Thinking about putting your passion for cars, motorcycles, aircraft, or other vehicles to use in a new career path? Learn about some of the most common transportation industry jobs below, and then join us for our special podcast series to hear more from the experts—our partner schools who offer the hands-on training you’ll need to get started.

Motorcycle Technicians

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Did you know that motorcycle mechanics earn an average annual salary of more than $40,000, according to May 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics?

If you’ve got a passion for motorcycles, you could turn that into a career as a mechanic or technician. Trained motorcycle techs are essential for keeping both new and old bikes out on the open road. Get the hands-on education you need to perform routine maintenance, diagnose problems, and make repairs to motorcycles of all shapes and sizes. Some programs can be completed in less than a year!

Want to learn more about the future of motorcycle careers? We talked to Dr. Steven Coyle, national director of counseling and academic relationships at Universal Technical Institute, about becoming a motorcycle mechanic, the benefits of career training, and the programs at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute.

Automotive Technicians

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There are millions of cars on the road today, and they all need technicians who can help keep them running. That includes the thousands of skilled auto techs who work for manufacturers, dealerships, and repair shops nationwide.

Whether you’ve always been into cars or just want to find an essential career that allows you to work with your hands, becoming an auto mechanic could be the perfect option for you. Automotive service technicians and mechanics spend their time inspecting, maintaining, and repairing cars and light trucks. That requires an understanding of how vehicles work—from engines and transmissions to ventilation and electronics. Some mechanics even choose to specialize in certain systems, becoming a brake technician or drivability tech, for instance.

Interested in learning more about the future of automotive careers? Don’t miss our episode with WyoTech: we discuss everything you need to know about becoming an automotive mechanic, the benefits of career training, and the relevant hands-on programs offered by WyoTech.

Diesel Technicians

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Diesel service technicians and mechanics earn an average annual salary of more than $50,000, according to May 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics—making it a path worth considering if you’re looking for a new career in the transportation industry.

For people who are mechanically inclined and interested in working with their hands, learning all about diesel could be a good fit. Diesel techs help keep trucks, buses, construction equipment, and other heavy vehicles running reliably and efficiently. That includes performing regular maintenance, identifying problems, and making repairs as needed.

If you want to learn more about the future of diesel technician careers, we can help! Imagine America Radio talked to our friends at Lincoln Tech about becoming a diesel tech, the benefits of career training, and the hands-on training programs available at Lincoln.

Aircraft Technicians

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Jobs for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the creation of more than new 7,000 jobs by 2029!

If you’ve always wanted to work on planes or other aircraft, getting the training to become a skilled technician could be a great way to invest in your future. Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians earn average annual salaries of more than $66,000 (according to May 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics)—or hourly wages of more than $32.

Ready to learn more about the future of aircraft technician careers? Imagine America Radio went to the experts, and we talked to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology about becoming an aircraft tech, the benefits of career training, and the hands-on programs at Spartan.

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