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Mercedes offers job training: Is this an answer to the worker ‘shortage’?

Mercedes technician Steven Liu bends over the engine of an S 550 at Mercedes-Benz of Marietta in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)
Mercedes technician Steven Liu bends over the engine of an S 550 at Mercedes-Benz of Marietta in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Steven Liu bent over the engine, leaning beneath the open hood of an S 550 model 2015 Mercedes.

A technician at Mercedes-Benz of Marietta, Liu was examining a vehicle that sells for about $120,000 — roughly twice the median household income in metro Atlanta — and is equipped with all manner of Mercedes technology.

There was a problem with one key component this humid and hot afternoon in July.

“The air conditioning isn’t working,” said Liu, 26.

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On an average workday, the dealership handles roughly 45 vehicles needing maintenance and repair. It’s a lot of work, which is why the dealership staff includes 22 technicians.

A number of companies complain about a shortage of skilled, blue collar workers. Yes, they say, the get applicants, but not people who can do the job right.

Critics have said those words sometimes ring hollow: Why don’t those companies offer higher wages? Why don’t they train workers in the needed skills?

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