TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) committed exclusively to the career exploration, technical education and workforce development of transportation technicians.
We’re all wired differently and not every student needs to go to a 4-year college. There’s more than one road to success. It’s time our nation brings back respect for technical education, skilled trades and “new collar careers”. Technicians are essential workers who keep America moving. Our nation needs skilled technicians across all sectors of the auto, aviation, diesel, collision, motorcycle, marine, motorsports, restoration, welding and emerging technologies (electric and autonomous vehicles).
TechForce starts in middle- and high-school to spur career exploration and stays with future techs through their technical education, workforce development and job placement journey (from pipeline to placement).
How We Power
Our work is to serve as the “connector,” linking students and working techs to resources that fuel their success, from scholarships, mentors and schools to apprenticeships, employers and jobs. The TechForce Network, a gamified, online career hub, is the conduit through which TechForce delivers its mission and programs. The TechForce Network connects with GenZ the way they want to engage, research and learn.
In addition to being the connector, TechForce offers 3 key programs to support future techs:
1. Championing the Profession
2. Hands-On Student Experiences
3. Scholarships &
1. Championing the Profession
5 to 1
Tech Shortage is Real
Industry needs 258,000 new entrant techs a year but schools are only graduating 48,000. That’s 5 jobs for every 1 tech. The technician shortage is real.
Career Ladder & Lattice
Being a trained technician instills the fundamentals that can lead to a myriad of other jobs across the industry, including owning your own business.
Benefits of Being a Tech
Technicians enjoy solid, middle-class pay, options to live & work anywhere, career advancement, job security, ability to help people and freedom to do something you love.
Parents dissuade kids from being techs due to outdated stigmas. It’s important for young people to find an education and career that fits them!
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Women Techs Rock
Veterans at Work: Military Transition
TechForce supports Veterans in transitioning their skills from deployment to professional technician jobs here at home.
Join the Tech FORCE
This annual giving campaign encourages donations to support our mission, career & technical education, the skilled trades and workforce development. Donors select a nominal monthly giving amount or a single, annual gift. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Because I'm a Tech...
…fill in the blank. “Because I’m a Tech, I bought my first house at 24.” Discover the benefits the technician profession offers, from compensation to job security, ability to help people and live & work anywhere.
Be a Pathfinder
Parents and counselors tap resources to help young people discover an education and career that fits. Not everyone needs to go to a 4-year college. Technical education offers a viable pathway to rewarding careers.
Techs Rock Awards
Each year, TechForce honors working technicians across all sectors who are full of passion, overcame incredible barriers to pursue the profession of their dreams and who pay it forward in helping the next generation of technicians to thrive. Nominate, vote and celebrate these amazing transportation technician professionals!
FutureTechs Rock Awards
TechForce celebrates the student community of aspiring, next generation technicians. Nominate, vote and celebrate high school and post-secondary students enrolled in auto, aviation, collision, diesel, marine, motorcycle, motorsport, restoration, welding and EV training programs across the country who evoke passion, grit and commitment.