In the last decade, the automotive industry has shifted gears on multiple levels, from producing greener cars to empowering a more gender-inclusive workplace. Male or female: qualified, knowledgeable individuals are in high demand.
If you’re a woman who’s fascinated by cars and the systems that drive them, now is the time to get your training underway! Whether you’re interested in becoming an automotive technician, engine builder, or service writer, opportunities are out there. Automotive Training Center (ATC) is here to help you apply your interest and work toward realizing your future career in automotive.
Women in Auto: Where Are We Now?
According to a 2017 study conducted by the National Automobile Dealer’s Association (NADA)*, women accounted for 19.4 percent of active employees at new car dealerships at the end of 2016. To compare, in 2015, this number was 18.6%, and in 2014 women were just 17% of the new dealer workforce.
What may seem like a small uptick in numbers is a steady one. What can this be attributed to? Today’s dealerships are making a conscious effort to encourage more women to work in automotive. And women are realizing they have a place in the industry just as much as men do.
Where will we go? If you’re interested in learning more about the industry’s growth story and the gender gap, we have several organizations for you to check out. The Automotive News Leading Women Network and Women in Automotive are dedicated to connecting future female technicians with the inspiration and empowerment they need to get out there!
Prerequisites for Entering the Industry
Women interested in getting their start in automotive have great resources and training at their fingertips. Enrolling in two-year post-secondary training will allow you to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to become a professional automotive technician.
For example, as an Automotive Technology student at ATC, you’ll study the principles behind the various systems responsible for a car’s efficient and effective performance. Then apply what you’ve learned on today’s vehicles, using industry equipment in a modern shop setting.
Which Field in Automotive is Right for You?
From rebuilding engines to restoring a vehicle’s structure and sheen post-accident, car enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to connect their mechanical interest with a specialty focus in automotive.
To help you find out whether automotive, hi-performance, diesel, collision reconditioning, or marine service technology is the right match for you, you’ll want to take a peek at our educational resources for students. These useful guides can help you get to know these different fields and some of the duties professional technicians are responsible for completing on a daily basis.
Attending two-year post-secondary training can be a launching pad for a rewarding career in the automotive industry for men and women! Learn more today when you take the next step with ATC.