New York’s newest car mechanic hires new employees
New York City’s car industry is reeling after a massive loss of skilled and skilled trades.
But a new car mechanic in Brooklyn is bringing fresh ideas to the table.
The Brooklyn branch of mechanical broadheads, which employs a handful of people, was hit hard by a massive collapse in auto parts prices and a sudden shortage of qualified tradespeople.
The industry has long relied on the skilled labor of car mechanics, but now they’re struggling to find new recruits.
New York has a long history of hiring and training skilled car mechanics.
But car makers have increasingly relied on computerized technology to train them.
A Brooklyn mechanic told New York magazine that the loss of trade jobs has made the industry “a little more difficult to attract people.”
“The cost of a new tool just doesn’t go up in value,” the mechanic said.
“The people that are working with the tools now are the ones who are doing the work.”
A few months after the collapse, the Brooklyn branch received a new set of applicants.
Now the shop is expanding its work force to include a full-time mechanic and a fulltime apprentice.
The Brooklyn branch has also opened a training center, and it is hiring more people to fill positions in the shop.
“We have a full team that we’re hiring for,” Brooklyn’s branch manager, Matt Siegel, said.
“We’ve had some applicants that we’ve had working for us for a few years.”
New York City is not alone in struggling with the loss in skilled workers.
Other cities across the country are experiencing similar struggles.
For example, the National Automobile Dealers Association said the U.S. automotive industry lost 25,000 skilled tradespeople in 2017.
In the past, Brooklyn was the first stop on the “A List” for automotive companies looking for skilled workers, but it is no longer the best place for car makers to find skilled workers because of the decline in the price of parts.
“Brooklyn is now the most important place for a new auto dealer to locate,” the NADA said in a statement.
“The lack of skilled tradesmen is causing some local car dealers to close.”
Siegel said Brooklyn was already working to recruit more skilled workers from the community.
“You can go to the car show, you can go on the local market and there are a lot of dealers that are hiring and hiring,” he said.
He added that the shop has already hired a few more people and will continue to do so.
Siegel is not the only person in the Brooklyn shop who is trying to find work.
He said his shop was looking for a person who could install car parts on the floor.
The shop had already received a call from a customer asking if he would like to work on a car that needed a new brake fluid.
The customer was so impressed with the work that he was able to pay $100 for a six-hour shift.
The new customer, who has since left the shop, said the work was so important that he would go back to Brooklyn if he could.
“That’s really the only reason I’m staying in Brooklyn,” the customer told the news outlet.
“I need to be able to do that job.”