On September 15, George Arrants, Director of Training and Recruitment for the WheelTime Network, visited ATI. He spent the day talking to the Heavy Vehicle students about employment opportunities with the WheelTime Network which has over 200 heavy vehicle repair locations in North America.
He pointed out that the retiring baby boomer population is creating huge opportunities for our younger diesel technicians entering the industry. People are retiring in such large numbers that resulting vacancies cannot be filled, leaving thousands of openings across the country. Mr. Arrants stressed that the opportunities for technicians entering the industry today are endless at all levels of employment. He also shared that WheelTime has some criterion to meet before being considered for hire into this organization. Grades are important, but good attendance at school is paramount. Students who meet the criterion can look at job placement at graduation, guaranteed access to continuing
education after hire and a free professional grade tool set (valued at approximately $6,000) with an employment commitment of 24 months. Several students have already indicated an interest in the WheelTime Network.
On the following day, Mr. Arrants was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Again, he highlighted the WheelTime Network and emphasized the unlimited opportunities in the industry. Mr. Arrants spent time talking about social media and how the careless use of this media can prevent individuals from even being considered for a job interview. He put the ball in the graduates’ hands and told them that the only obstruction in life was standing in their own shoes.
Mr. Arrants’ speech can be seen on the ATI website homepage at: www.auto.edu.