After a chance meeting last year at the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference, Jen Boudrie, the conference director, and Craig Van Batenburg, CEO of Automotive Career Development Center, had an engaging discussion about green jobs in the automotive world. Later, Craig received an email introducing him to Senator Jamie Eldridge, and a meeting was scheduled at his office in Boston. This meeting inspired Craig's "6 point plan," which addresses three sectors that need to alter their processes in order for techs to succeed: the government, OEMs and independent shops, and schools.
Craig explains, "Believe it or not, they (Automotive Technician Interns) could be the key to the future of your shop — and the future of your industry. Generally speaking, auto techs think they're not making enough money, and shops are having a harder time than ever attracting and keeping them. Cars are more complex, and even dealerships have a hard time repairing their own brand. So there are three areas that need to change the way they operate: the government, the repair industry (OEMs and independent shops) and schools."
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Craig Van Batenburg is the CEO of ACDC, a hybrid and plug-in training company based in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has taught countless hybrid classes, starting in early 2000. Some 15,000 techs and others have heard him speak in over seven countries and 46 States.
He and his wife Deb offer management seminars internationally along with his many technical subjects. His style of training is down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and dynamic. To stay current with changes in automotive technology, he receives over 150 hours of training annually. Craig is a certified trainer with the Automotive Management Institute (AMI); a graduate of AMI with his Accredited Automotive Manager designation; member of SAE and the Automotive Service Association. He is a certified ASE Master Technician with advanced level (L1) and hybrid (L3) skills.