Every week we compile some recent industry news and interesting reads that shouldn’t be missed. Here's the digest for the week of July 20-26.

Dealerships Partner With Colleges To Fill the Technician Supply Gap

The shortage of automotive technicians in the fast growing and rapidly advancing automotive industry has never been more of a problem than it is right now – and it’s only going to continue to get worse. Traditionally, technical colleges offer automotive technician training along with manufacturer support, though now many dealers and dealer associations have partnered directly with local colleges to get students properly trained and into a field with great automotive technician job prospects.

As cars become more technologically advanced, the role of an automotive technician becomes notably more focused on the technical aspect, and less on the mechanical. Technician’s today need to be better trained with electronic operating systems and the latest computer technology than their outgoing predecessors were, as some cars have upwards of 50 computer control modules in them.

Dealers, manufacturers, and colleges alike are excited to see the outcome of these partnerships in the future – and whether or not they help with the supply of capable technicians.

Read the full story about dealers partnering with colleges on Wards Auto.

Is Your J2534 Device Earning its Keep?

Rein, a lead parts manufacturer for European automobiles, has recently introduced a new line of anti vibration parts for European cars. Parts included in this introduction include engine and transmission mounts, suspension mounts and bushings, spring pads, and various other parts.

Read more about the new parts being offered over on Ratchet+Wrench.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as Industry News for Automotive Techs: July 20-26 and was authored by Toby Schultz.

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