Mopar is working with FCA US dealers to help cut the cost of tool kits for auto tech students.

Mopar is working with FCA US dealers to help cut the cost of tool kits for auto tech students. 

Mopar | May 25 2016

Mopar, FCA dealers help student technicians get the right tools

As any college student and their parents already know, preparing for a career is not cheap.

If you’re training to become an automotive service tech, tuition costs are just the start. Here’s a little-known fact: Auto techs buy their own tools.

It’s not uncommon for a long-time technician to have more than $25,000 invested in his or her tools. A basic set of professional-grade tools, which an auto tech student needs almost immediately, carries a sticker price of $10,000 or more.

Students typically finance the purchase of a starter tool kit. That just adds to the schooling debt total.

Mopar, working with FCA US dealers, has a different idea: Allow dealers to buy a comprehensive tool kit on behalf of the student. The tool kit is designed to grow with the technician throughout their career.

The new Mopar Student Tool program is another way FCA US is working with its dealers to attract and keep new service technicians. Mopar estimates that the FCA US dealer network needs to add 3,500 technicians over the next three years to service the growing number of vehicles on the road.

Helping students get their first set of professional tools is a powerful way to attract and retain service technicians, says Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. It also works hand-in-hand with the Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP and CAP Local), which matches service technician students with sponsoring FCA US dealerships to provide hands-on learning in the service department to compliment classroom learning at a nearby school.

The Mopar Student Tool Kit includes hand tools, electronic diagnostic tools and a specially wrapped tool box.

The Mopar Student Tool Kit includes hand tools, electronic diagnostic tools and a specially wrapped tool box.

The Mopar Student Took Kit is more than just some sockets and open-end wrenches. The kit was designed with Snap-on Business Solutions, the FCA US dealer tool and equipment provider, and Snap-on Industrial – Educational Sales. It includes electronic testers and pneumatic-powered tools. It also includes some Mopar Essential Special Service Tools, a wiTECH microPOD, which connects to a vehicle’s electric interface to wirelessly read data and trouble codes. Everything in the kit was spec’d by Mopar staffers who began their careers as service techs.

It all comes in a rolling tool box wrapped with the Mopar Omega M logo and colors.

The Mopar Student Tool Kit is launching now. For more details, check with your local FCA US dealership or your local college’s auto service training program.

Dale Jewett

Do you know your blood type? Mine is 100 octane (not your standard blood bank classification). At any given moment, I’m thinking about cars – driving one, fixing one, buying one or (in my dreams) restoring one. So I love to tell stories that involve horsepower, brake and wheel diameters
Read More
Do you know your blood type? Mine is 100 octane (not your standard blood bank classification). At any given moment, I’m thinking about cars – driving one, fixing one, buying one or (in my dreams) restoring one. So I love to tell stories that involve horsepower, brake and wheel diameters and 0-to-60 times – and the people who make it happen. Because behind every awesome vehicle are amazing people with vision and the desire to make it a reality. I cover Mopar, Dodge, SRT and motorsports for FCA Digital Media. I learned to drive on a 1973 Jeep CJ-5 with the rare Super Jeep option package and three-speed manual transmission. I still belong to the dwindling club of people who prefer to shift their own gears, and think the best way to drive is with the top down!
  • Mark Babbitt

    How many dealers are actively promoting this with local high schools, vocational schools and community colleges that offer these programs? Service Managers, Fixed Operations Directors, General Managers and Dealer Principals need to get involved and visit these schools or even invite the students for a tour of their dealerships to promote the virtues of an automotive career. You can even find great employees who decide to choose another position the dealer has to offer. I took on a high school student as an apprentice Service Advisor, who came to me through her high school automotive program. She loved working with automobiles, although she admitted she didn’t see a future for herself working on them as a technician. She is still with that dealer 10 years later! There are a couple of techs still there, as well, that I took into our apprentice program before that. These programs works.