ATA President and CEO Bill Graves called upon the country’s policymakers, schools and trucking industry to do more to address the nation’s large and growing shortage of truck technicians.

“In our industry, we often talk about the impact of the shortage of truck drivers,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, “but we mustn’t forget trucking’s need to have many skilled technicians and mechanics to keep their rigs in working order and their wheels moving.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, trucking will need to recruit 67,000 new technicians by 2022 due to growth or to replace men and women currently working in the industry. This does not include the more than 75,000 new diesel engine specialists BLS anticipates the country needing by 2022.

“Trucking moves America forward and technicians keeps those trucks moving,” said Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics and executive director of ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council. “We’re encouraged that ATA, as the industry leader, is urging people who can make a difference to focus on ways to address the looming technician shortage.”

“ATA hopes that TMC’s efforts, including events like TMCSuperTech and TMCFutureTech competitions, can highlight professional excellence and serve as a recruiting tool to bring more qualified individuals into this important career,” Graves said.