Truck mechanic – a future profession

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The truck industry is screaming for mechanics. Less and less workers train to be truck mechanics while freight volume continues to increase. This makes the future look bright for young people who choose the Vehicle & Transportation Program in high school. For them, jobs are waiting right after graduation.

Krystian Skladanowski, 22, graduated from the Vehicle & Transportation program at Edströmska in Västerås last year and was offered a job as a truck mechanic with us before he had even completed his education.

– I did my internship for three weeks at Arver and was offered a job right after that, and I couldn’t say no. I also worked during school holidays and then started working full time right after graduation.

“I would never want to change jobs.”

Krystian inherited his interest in vehicles from his dad, who works with basically everything that has a motor; so it was obvious that he should choose the Vehicle & Transportation program in high school. Krystian was initially interested in passenger cars, but that program was full. It had to be commercial vehicles instead – a solution he is very pleased with today.

– I would never want to change jobs. I work on cars in my spare time, so it would almost be too much to do it during working hours as well. It’s fun to learn something new all the time. Trucks have a lot of things that you don’t find on cars, such as hydraulics and pneumatics. I also have the best workmates! They are nice and know basically everything about Scania. We attend additional training through the company and we have access to all the special tools required to do our job with the best possible quality.

Truck mechanics are a varied profession. Krystian says that he does everything from performing service and troubleshooting problems to contacting customers. No two days are alike. It depends entirely on why the trucks are coming in for service. The engines are getting more complicated, so it’s necessary to think about it. Sometimes it may take several hours to troubleshoot, despite the use of advanced diagnostic equipment.

According to the Employment Service, demand for truck mechanics will increase over the next ten years. The Motor Industry Professional Board (MYN) provides more detail in its report, “The Tempo of the Automotive Industry,” from 2016, where they believe truck companies will need to employ 1289 people in the next three years. Expertise in electrical systems and instruments will be particularly sought after.

Mikael Wadsten, manager After Sales, says it’s hard to recruit staff:

– There’s a generational shift in the industry, and we need workers with new skills. We in the industry have not succeeded in attracting young people fast enough to satisfy demand. There’s a misperception that truck mechanics are not what one should be today, partly because there is a picture of the profession that is dangerous and dirty; and sometimes it may be, but it’s not just about changing brake pads. There are a lot of electronics involved nowadays. We need mechanics that have comprehensive knowledge geared towards electronics and hydraulics.

Michael sums it up:

– It’s a good job and I think we are an attractive employer. We can offer employment with a stable employer – it’s not often a Scania dealer goes bankrupt. Unlike many other places, we get a monthly monthly salary and you can get a raise through online work. You also get a personal computer and of course further education to develop your skills. And you get the best workmates, just as Krystian says.

Read more:

National Agency Description of Vehicle and Transport Program:
http://www.skolverket.se/laroplaner-amnen-och-kurser/gymnasieutbildning/gymnasieskola/sok-amnen-kurser-och-program/program.htm?lang=sv&programCode=ft001

“The Tempo of the Motor Industry” – An Annual Report by the Motor Industry Appeals Board (MYN):
https://bilproffs.se/om-oss/tempen-pa-motorbranschen/tempen-pa-motorbranschen-2016-2/

PM of the Swedish National Agency for Education, which has examined what young people do 1, 3 and 5 years after completing high school studies:
http://www.skolverket.se/publikationer?id=3726