Today, the trucking industry is challenged with the need to increase the efficiency and quality of repair and maintenance tasks. Additionally, a rapidly aging workforce is exacerbating the need for technical resources that promote and make possible faster, better repairs.
In 2014, there were approximately 263,900 people working in truck maintenance and repair throughout the United States. By 2024, there will be approximately 300,000 positions that need to be filled. While there is a growing awareness of this huge deficit, the educational system has not been able to fill the void. In addition, these simple figures conceal the complexity of the problem. The entire workforce is not only aging rapidly, there is also a widening skills gap across all trades.
Advances in technical training can be used to improve the effectiveness of training, now and in the future. However, virtual simulations are not a panacea for the growing, demographic-driven change in maintenance skills. With knowledge of future training technologies you can start meeting the challenge of increasing the efficiency and quality of repair and maintenance tasks with a rapidly aging workforce.