“Future Tech” event gives area students a preview of sought after high-tech STEM skills

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – More than 60 students and parents got a preview of the future of automotive service technology and the integration of STEM skills in transportation careers at a “Future Tech” seminar at Mercedes-Benz of Delray Beach. Universal Technical Institute (UTI-Orlando) partnered with Mercedes-Benz of Delray and AutoNation to highlight the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in succeeding in today’s high-tech transportation industry. During the function, UTI-Orlando graduates who work as Mercedes-Benz technicians discussed what to expect from a career in the transportation industry, as well as the plentiful, good-paying jobs available and the rewarding work. In addition, they spoke about the skills a modern service technician needs – including professionalism, communication and knowledge of STEM. Attendees also learned about the latest innovations in automotive technology and observed Mercedes’ latest technologies, including a hydraulic suspension demonstration. “Advanced, computer-based technologies are now at the heart of the automotive industry,” said Marion Graettinger, regional admissions director at Universal Technical Institute. “The service technicians of today must be experts in the complex systems that power vehicles. It’s critical that skilled technicians understand science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and that they apply that knowledge to repair today’s vehicles.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, technicians are in demand. The nation will need more than 1.2 million automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine service technicians by 2022. This means an average of more than 37,000 job openings every year to help meet the need. “Filling open technician positions is not an easy task,” said Gary Schwaller, service manager at Mercedes-Benz of Delray. “By partnering with UTI-Orlando to host events like ‘Future Tech,’ we hope to inspire the future of the transportation industry and recruit their highly-skilled, professional graduates.” For more information visit www.uti.edu.