Auto mechanics

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Auto shops have had to deal with fewer mechanics and nationwide supply chain issues.

MIDLAND, Texas — With less mechanics come longer wait times.

This is what many car owners discovered when they brought their car to the workshop for repairs.

Automotive workshops in the Midland-Odessa region have seen a decline in the number of mechanics, with many leaving due to retirement or better-paying jobs in the oil industry.

As store owners scramble to find new workers, wait times continue to rise.

A nationwide shortage of parts for cars of all makes and models is further compounding the problem and continuing to cripple stores.

According to Pete Avalos, department director of the auto diesel and energy program at Midland College, this supply shortage began to occur about six to eight months after the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It just, you know, threw everything into a big rift,” Avalos said. So that effect snowballed.”

There could, however, be a small light at the end of the tunnel. Midland College, through its Center for Advanced Technology, has taken its students from the classroom to the automotive shop.

“We work closely with the dealers here in town,” Avalos said. “Not just dealerships, but also independent stores so that we can build that bridge between students and those businesses.”

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