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In search of: Experienced techs

by David Zatz on

There may never have been as large a demand for experienced Chrysler plant technicians as there is now, with the company’s mass refitting of assembly and parts plants — which is likely to last into 2019 or 2020.

Experience is critical in manufacturing; even managers who don’t use the tools have to understand what is happening in every part of the plant. The best know what short-cuts to take, who can get the job done, how to line parts up quickly, and where to scavenge, if needed.

CATIA diagram of Toledo plant

Some key people have been lost to buyouts and demands for long, unpredictable working hours, according to Allpar sources.  While some were re-hired as contractors, others retired or went to work for competitors who could promise forty-hour work weeks. That leaves many jobs open for people, particularly well-experienced people, who can deal with computer-operated machinery and other people.

Qualified people can find jobs at FCA through the company’s own web site and monster.com.  The key category here is “Manufacturing Jobs,” rather than “Production-Warehouse Jobs.”

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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