Covid-19 has brought numerous changes to the landscape of work and employment in Australia, including auto mechanics. But, thankfully, the future’s looking bright!
During the lockdown, people took the restrictions seriously and left their cars in their driveways, opting to shop online and forgo any unnecessary travel. Anyone who ventured from their home during lockdown would have noticed the apparent reduction in vehicles on the road. Less traffic and fewer collisions have been beneficial from a health and safety standpoint, but it hasn’t been so favorable for the automotive industry from an economic perspective.
But all is not lost! Much of Australia has returned to relative normality, and business is stabilising. And while the pandemic may have temporarily affected vehicle usage, it did not hamper innovation. Engineers and developers design products in response to need. And our needs have certainly changed. Cars and automotive technology will change more in the next decade than they did in the entire last century, and the way we use them will change too. Here is how automotive technology, and therefore auto mechanics will continue to thrive:
Public transport vs. private vehicles
With social distancing measures in place, many people are using cars or considering car ownership to avoid public transport and overcrowded commuter routes. According to Australian Automotive, 38% of non-car owners are now considering purchasing a vehicle. With potentially more cars registered in Australia, businesses will hopefully maintain the stable growth predicted by the Australia Government’s Job Outlook website.
Innovation can never be locked down. Engineers are always looking to improve technologies and develop new products. As a result, consumers will want to upgrade their cars, purchase new items, and sell and purchase vehicles. And with the latest technologies comes new business for auto mechanics.
Eco-friendly driving options will be the future for automotive technology. Companies such as Tesla have already made waves in this market and other companies look certain to follow suit. These new cars will result in the need for motor mechanics who specialise in this field. Eco-specific job roles will need to be created, and mechanics will upskill in new, exciting technologies.
The most talked-about evolution of vehicles is the introduction of driverless cars. Not only are these hoped to be an eco-friendly option, but they could also assist with social distancing. As people do what they can to stay safe, travelling while avoiding crowds is of the utmost importance. It is advancements such as this, which future proof and signal growth for the automotive industry.
This positivity about technological innovation is reflected in the 2020 Australian Automotive Industry report, which says that “the Australian Government will continue to encourage innovation, build industry capability, and assist future emerging industries such as autonomous vehicle and related technologies; hydrogen and electric vehicles and related technologies. This will grow the remaining research and development and design elements that are thriving in Australia”.
Overall, there is a healthy future for auto mechanics, even post-pandemic. The industry is moving toward solutions that will facilitate social distancing, environmental protection and modernisation, and safeguard mechanics’ careers.
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