Benefits of hiring female automotive technicians

Benefits of hiring female automotive technicians

The percentage of female automotive technicians in the industry is growing. 

Hiring these excellent employees can increase diversity, while also improving the work environment and overall productivity.  

When I first started out as a female technician in the mid-2000s, I was an anomaly. Now, when I travel to repair facilities to do mechanical failure inspections (my current day job), I often see women working in service bays. And it always puts a smile on my face. Female techs have a lot to offer and are a vital asset to any dealership.

Benefits of hiring female automotive technicians

The automotive industry is no longer exclusively a “man’s world”.  Women are popping up all over –  and not just as service advisors. The number of female technicians is growing, and your dealership can benefit from hiring them. These are the primary perks associated with bringing women techs onboard:

1. Diversity

Greatness is born from diversity – and that’s why it’s imperative your dealership has female technicians on staff. Women can provide a different viewpoint when it comes to problem solving and diagnostics. Plus, they have different physical attributes. For example, a cramped tune-up job is a perfect task for a pair of small, female hands.

2. Better environment

When male technicians are just with “the guys” day in and day out, they may lose touch with women’s unique needs. But that changes when female auto technicians are around. Regularly being with someone different from yourself improves understanding and acceptance. As a result, men are likely to be more considerate towards both female customers and coworkers.

3. Larger applicant pool

It’s no secret there’s a shortage of automotive technicians. Adding women to your list of candidates increases your applicant pool and improves your chances of hiring a stellar tech. 

4. Exceptional technicians

Some of the best technicians I’ve encountered have been women. It’s unfortunate, but because they've been discriminated against, women in the auto industry often feel they have more to prove. As a result, they’ll go the extra mile, getting the training and certification they need to make them the best in the business.

5. Increased employee morale

A diverse team brings employees together and increases morale. Women add a little something extra to the mix that helps everyone unite as one. 

6. Greater trust  

Women trust other women – especially in the male-dominated automotive industry. In many cases, having a female technician on staff will earn greater trust from women customers. 

Geoffrey Nevine — IT Services and IT Consulting

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