Michael Wittrock, a student in the Mopar LOCAL CAP program at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is featured in the WorkingNation video. 

Mopar | November 15 2017

Training new service techs: Mopar program is growing

There is no greater peace of mind when your car or truck needs service – whether routine maintenance or a repair – than turning it over to a well-trained technician you trust.

The technical sophistication of today’s vehicles requires technicians who can inspect, diagnose and repair the interconnected electronic and mechanical systems. The need is acute: Mopar estimates it needs to fill 5,000 technical jobs between 2015 and 2018 as older technicians retire.

Mopar’s CAP (Career Automotive Program) and CAP LOCAL programs, which train high school and college students to work in FCA US LLC dealerships, help feed the need for technicians.

The Mopar CAP LOCAL program is growing, adding Mopar-specific courses at 58 community college and technical training schools across the country, joining the 31 CAP programs.

The Mopar CAP LOCAL program at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, stars in a new video in WorkingNation’s “Do Something Awesome” series. WorkingNation is a nonprofit group advocating increased technical training for Americans.

“If you wanted your son or daughter to work in a career where they’re on the front edge of technology, I could make the case that your son or daughter should be an automotive technician,” says John Fox, Director of the FCA Performance Institute, in the video.

With the Mopar CAP LOCAL program, a student can earn a degree in as little as 24 months while working as an apprentice in an FCA US dealership, leading to a full-time job and a quick start on a vital and challenging career.

Want to know more? Visit the Mopar Career Automotive Program web site.

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
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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!