Federal-Mogul Motorparts Addressing Automotive Technician Shortage

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Building on its multi-year commitment to attract talented young professionals to the automotive service industry, Federal-Mogul Motorparts today awarded 12 $2,500 (USD) tuition scholarships on behalf of its Garage Gurus™ technical education network to students enrolled in accredited post-secondary automotive technology schools. With this latest round of scholarship awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, the company has awarded $90,000 in tuition support to future automotive service professionals over the last three years.

"Automotive service is a fast-paced, technology-intensive career that is ideal for anyone who likes to solve problems and work with their hands," said Brent Berman, director, training and consumer experience, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "Our Garage Gurus scholarships are opening doors to young men and women who want to become skilled technicians and perhaps even operate their own automotive businesses in the years ahead."

Students who will receive Garage Gurus scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year are:

  • Andrew Adams, Carthage, Mo., Pittsburg State University
  • Blake Chambers, Springfield, Mo., Pittsburg State University
  • Anastacia Clough, North Richland, Texas, Eastfield Community College
  • Ian Michael Fisher, Gladstone, Mich., Bay de Noc Community College
  • Brittany Florin, Maple Grove, Minn., Dakota County Technical College
  • Antoinette Jackson, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., Suffolk County Community College
  • Harley McDowell, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Madison Area Technical College
  • Nicholas McSpedon, East Berne, N.Y., Hudson Valley Community College
  • Roy Padron, North Hollywood, Calif., Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Thalia Rosa, Reading, Pa., Automotive Training Center
  • Lorenzo Vilches, Borrego Springs, Calif., Cuyamaca College
  • Jacob Zelasko, Elma, N.Y., Erie Community College
"This scholarship allows me to start collecting tools and supplies that in the long run will help advance my career," said recipient Roy Padron, who plans to specialize in diesel engine diagnostics.

Automotive service is one of several skilled trades facing a shortage of incoming professionals needed to address business growth and worker retirement. To help alleviate these shortages, the U.S. Department of Labor was recently ordered to create industry-recognized apprenticeship programs, including determining how third parties such as non-profit organizations and unions can provide recognition to apprenticeship programs, which are currently prohibited by law.

To meet this continuing need, the Garage Gurus scholarship program was established in 2015 to serve as an investment in the future of local automotive service businesses and their employees, and specifically to the next generation of talented, highly trained professionals who will help keep millions of vehicles in road-ready condition. As further demonstration of its commitment to training initiatives throughout the United States, Federal-Mogul Motorparts has for the last two years contributed to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs, challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people.

Details about the Garage Gurus' expanded scholarship program for 2018-2019 will be announced at a later date. To learn more about the current scholarship program and Garage Gurus network, please visit www.FMgaragegurus.com or call 888-771-6005.

About Garage Gurus Garage Gurus is a major "Tech First" initiative from Federal-Mogul Motorparts that's exclusively designed with the tech in mind - providing the most comprehensive program of support tools in the industry. Offering onsite, online and on-demand instruction, Garage Gurus is a first-of-its-kind national training platform designed to help front-line automotive service professionals keep pace with the latest vehicle technologies. State-of-the-art Garage Gurus technical education centers are now in operation in 12 U.S. markets – Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; the Bronx, N.Y.; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Houston; Rancho Dominguez, Calif.; South Florida; St. Louis; Suburban Detroit; and Van Nuys, Calif.

About Federal-Mogul Federal-Mogul LLC is a leading global supplier of products and services to the world's manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company's products and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced vehicle safety.

Federal-Mogul operates two independent business divisions, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20 of the world's most recognized brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products including braking, wipers and a range of chassis components. The company's aftermarket brands include ANCO® wipers; Beck/Arnley® premium OE quality parts and fluids; BERU®* ignition systems; Champion® lighting, spark plugs, wipers and filters; Interfil® filters; AE®, Fel-Pro®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, Nüral®, Payen® and Sealed Power® engine products; MOOG® chassis components; and Ferodo®, Jurid® and Wagner® brake products and lighting.

Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications.

Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The company employs nearly 53,000 in 24 countries. For more information, please visit www.FMMotorparts.com.

*BERU is a registered trademark of BorgWarner Ludwigsburg GmbH

This article first appeared on theautochannel.com

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