As the popularity of electric cars continues to rise, some may wonder if traditional mechanical skills will become obsolete. However, the threat to these skills extends beyond just electric cars. As vehicles become more technologically advanced, coding and data analysis will become essential skills for those working in the automotive industry. Despite this, Pieter Niemand, National Director of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), believes that artisanal skills will still be in demand. As vehicles become increasingly complex, mechanics will need to possess both traditional and tech skills to work on high-tech cars that are like computers on wheels. The motor industry will continue to offer opportunities for enthusiastic and bright individuals who are willing to learn and make money.
Niemand stresses the importance of upskilling in an ever-advancing technological landscape. Mechanics must invest in ongoing training to stay abreast of the latest developments. Many opportunities for upskilling are available, and it is the responsibility of both employers and employees to take advantage of them.
While advancements may change opportunities in the motor sector, diesel mechanics will still have a place in the industry. Diesel mechanics can use their skills to work on marine diesel engines, fixed-base diesel engines, and diesel locomotives. Additionally, medium and heavy vehicles will continue to require maintenance and repair work due to the long distances they travel and their longer lifespan compared to lighter vehicles.
In conclusion, the automotive industry must continue to offer young artisans the opportunity to gain workplace experience, and initiatives like the New Venture Creation Project can help address the need for high-quality training. The industry will continue to evolve, but the demand for traditional and tech skills will remain, making it an exciting field for those willing to learn and adapt.
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