Under The Hood Newsletter | September 2022

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September 2022

TechForce engagement opportunities this month

TF_Champion Badge_185x185Nominations for the 2022 Techs Rock Awards open Monday, October 24. Learn how you can recognize your technicians and help make the Awards a success in our campaign overview. Note some dates have changed. Support the Techs Rock Awards by sharing the nomination link with your audience – customers and employees alike – on social media, your website, in email and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to show off your techs and earn bragging rights for your business!

Read and share TechForce’s new special report Women Techs: Solving the Tech Shortage. Please continue to help promote the career resources available on TechForce, as well as our Women Techs Rock video series. If you know a woman technician we should interview in the series let us know! If you don’t already, follow TechForce on social media


Back to school doesn’t have to mean back in debt. TechForce scholarships and grants cover educational expenses including tuition, tools, books, transportation and even emergencies! Visit TechForce.org/Scholarships to discover scholarships from around the industry, on top of the opportunities below:

TF_Badge_Registered_FullColor_75x75Opportunity: TechForce Accelerate Tuition Scholarships
Deadline: Sep 30, 2022 | Award range: $1,000–$2,000
Learn more and apply>>

TF_Badge_Registered_FullColor_75x75Opportunity: Life Happens Emergency Grants
Deadline: Sep 26, 2022 | Award range: $400–$1,200
Learn more and apply>>

TF_Badge_Registered_FullColor_75x75Opportunity: Ford Training Scholarships
Deadline: Sep 30, 2022 | Award range: Varies by Award
Learn more and apply>>


Download the new TechForce app today

TechForce App logoTechForce career network is now available in our brand new mobile app! Turbocharge your technician career with scholarships, trivia and jobs. Be one of the first to download the TechForce app in the Google Play and App Store today.


Techs Rock Awards nominations open 10/24!

Nominations for TechForce’s 2022 Techs Rock Awards open October 24! The Techs Rock awards are a truly unique and amazing opportunity to publicly recognize the hardworking transportation techs who keep your business – and many of your customers – running smoothly. Learn more about TechForce’s Awards and get ready to nominate technicians who rock next month.

Happening Now: Win up to $750 in our Leaderboard Challenge!

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Earn points in TechForce through October 31st to climb the Leaderboard. The school, instructor and student who earn the most points by 10/31 will each win $250 to Harbor Freight. The first and second place students will also get a bonus $500 and $250 Visa gift card courtesy of TechForce superfan Steve DeMarzio! Join TechForce to start earning points

TechForce scholarship recipient & future aviation tech Abraham 

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TechForce scholarship recipient Abraham is studying to become an aviation technician. “From the moment I was exposed to aviation, I knew it was my calling in this life.” Abraham is already working alongside aviation technicians in a non-technical job with United Airlines, and can’t wait until he can join the technician team. Read Abraham’s story and learn more about TechForce scholarships.

Ways to help: Support scholarships with your old clunker

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Put your unwanted vehicle to good use! Your vehicle donation will fund the technical education and jump-start the careers of young, future technicians like Abraham. We accept cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats and more. Learn how to make your tax-deductible vehicle donation today. From donations to volunteering, find all the ways you can support tech students with TechForce.

Fiat training specialist Katie French is proof Women Techs Rock!

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TechForce interviewed Katie French in our #WomenTechsRock series, part of TechForce’s commitment to help diversify the workforce. At just 29 Katie is already a nationally recognized automotive expert and instructor. If you know another inspiring woman tech we should interview, tell us at TechForce.org/WomenTechStories

Mecum Auctions & TechForce host students in Dallas for VIP event

Mecum Dallas_Students on auction floor-2TechForce and Mecum Auctions hosted 125 students in Dallas for a behind-the-scenes look at technician careers in classic cars. TechForce CEO Jennifer Maher spoke to MotorTrend TV live from the event about the impact the free VIP experience has on students’ lives. Join TechForce for free to get your tickets to upcoming student experiences, events and more at TechForce.org

#ICYMI TechForce and Shop Owner talk technician shortage

Talking Shop with Shop Owner Podcast promo imageAre you struggling to place technicians in your shop? TechForce has resources that you can use to do something about the technician shortage. Learn how we’ve worked with the industry to help shops like yours in the most recent episode of the Talking Shop with Shop Owner podcast.

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Abraham pursues aviation tech training with TechForce scholarship​

Abraham pursues aviation tech training with TechForce scholarship

Aviation student Abraham receives TechForce scholarship

Abraham has always known that a career in aviation was right for him

“From the moment I was exposed to aviation, I knew it was my calling in this life. I’ve lived close to the airport my entire life and seeing the planes pass above me was always interesting to me. The airline industry is one of those puzzle pieces in my life that I’ve always wanted to fill. Being drawn to how things work and providing an extremely important service to this society is what being a maintenance technician is all about to me.” 

TechForce scholarship allows students to focus on school

Given his future educational goals and their associated costs, Abraham is extremely grateful for the funding given to him via the MIAT Scholarship Education Support grant. He is passionate about the aviation industry, and cannot wait to continue to grow his knowledge and experience in this field.

What's next for Abraham

He is enthusiastic about his current program at MIAT, and he anticipates graduating in October 2022. He is currently working a non-technical job on the ramp at United. He enjoys working closely with the technicians, and is grateful for opportunities to be exposed to their work in aircraft maintenance.

Abraham states, “This is just the beginning for me and I plan on continuously growing within my dream of being in aviation maintenance.”

Learn more about how TechForce can help you cover the cost of your technical education at TechForce.org/Scholarships


Mecum, TechForce, Dallas ISD provide student experience designed to spark interest in transportation tech careers


Mecum Auctions and TechForce Foundation Team Up with Dallas ISD to Provide Autotech Students Experience Designed to Spark Interest in Transportation Tech Careers

Students get revved up for futures working on muscle cars, Hot Rods and customs as auctioned at Mecum Dallas 2022 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

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200 autotech students from four Dallas Independent School District high schools


Thursday, Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT


Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202


The autotech students, part of the Career and Technical Education programs, will begin this school year visiting Mecum Dallas 2022, taking place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center this Sept. 7-10 featuring an estimated 1,500 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, exotics, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block.

Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction company and TechForce Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to workforce development for technician careers, have teamed with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to provide CTE students a tour of the auction venue and display of the consigned vehicles. Representatives of Mecum Auctions and TechForce will welcome the students and teachers. 

TechForce coordinates events to provide students the opportunity to explore rewarding and high-tech careers such as transportation technicians. The national shortage of trained techs is critical with five open jobs for every tech school graduate. Mecum Auctions partners with TechForce on student experiences at other auction venues, also. Someday, these aspiring techs will build and tune these rolling works of art that are the result of their passion for craftsmanship, hands-on skills and technology.

About TechForce:

TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion all students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. TechForce powers the technician workforce by awarding more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually to financially-disadvantaged students; changes perceptions towards this evolving, ‘new collar’ STEM career; and provides local career exploration and workforce development programming. TechForce’s online, social network of students, working technicians, instructors, employers, industry professionals and enthusiasts committed to championing the technician workforce is the conduit through which the charity delivers its free resources, programs and career hub for the benefit of aspiring technicians. For more information, visit www.techforce.org.

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About Mecum:

The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for more than 30 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Mecum Auctions is headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin, and since 2011 has been ranked No. 1 in the world with number of collector cars offered at auction, No. 1 in the world with number of collector cars sold at auction, No. 1 in the U.S. with number of auction venues, No. 1 in the U.S. in total dollar volume of sales, and is host to the world’s largest collector car auction held annually in Kissimmee, Florida, as well as the world’s largest motorcycle auction held annually in Las Vegas.

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"By connecting students, instructors, industry pros and working techs, the TechForce Foundation provides unilateral support to the transportation industry’s technician recruiting needs… The administration of our Scholarships by the TechForce team has been instrumental in delivering us with a successful method to gain interest from qualified candidates as well as provide our students with additional assistance to complete their education."
Tony Farr
Ford Technical Programs Manager