Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the creation of a new task force that will develop programs for training auto technicians and enabling participants to directly transition into the industry. The Governor made the announcement of the Excelsior Automotive Technician Task Force at the opening of the New York International Auto Show, which runs from April 19-28 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
“One of the things we’re going to do here in this state is change our education system, where the State University of New York is going to offer specialized training in tandem with the manufacturers so that you can go to school and come out as a Nissan-certified technician or a Honda-certified technician or a BMW technician,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have over 75,000 technician jobs that are good jobs, high-paying jobs, and we want to educate New Yorkers for those jobs right here in New York. This new task force will set us on that path.”
Many current vocational programs offer a generalized technician program, however training that is more specific offers benefits to both students and companies. Typically, auto manufacturers require a unique training program to teach prospective technicians how to work on their vehicles. This work is currently happening at several SUNY schools where they are working with automotive companies like Subaru, Tesla and Toyota.
The Governor directed the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to take the lead in organizing the Excelsior Automotive Technician Task Force, which will also strive to create opportunities to enhance diversity within the industry.