ERIC Number: ED101815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Auto Mechanic Employers.
Page, Charles; Scott, David C.
In order to build auto mechanics curricula and instructional programs responsive to the needs of employers, Bakersfield College (BC) sent a questionnaire to all employers listed under "Automobile Repairing and Services" in the yellow pages of the local telephone book. Only 43 (20 percent) of the 215 questionnaires sent out were returned; however, these respondents represented about half of the large garages and auto dealers so that 35-40 percent of the total full-time employment may have been represented. Most respondents were unaware of the auto program at BC and were suspicious that college auto programs were unrealistic in terms of skills really needed in the shop. However, there was an indication that they would hire BC graduates quite readily if they could be convinced that graduates were willing to work hard and had practical experience. For this, publicity is needed. Employers indicated great difficulty in hiring well-trained auto mechanics in almost any specialty--this indicates a need for more auto mechanics students at BC. Short-term updating courses, particularly in the area of electronic ignition, would be the kind of course to which employers would be most apt to send employees. Because employees want students trained in conditions similar to those encountered on the job, BC should obtain funds for the construction of a new auto shop building as soon as possible. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bakersfield Coll., CA.
Identifiers - Location: California