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Maintenance Departments Feeling Pinch of Shrinking Budgets

Posted on April 26, 2011 by Alex Roman, Managing Editor

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Sixty-nine percent of respondents say they are having difficulty hiring trained, skilled mechanics. Photo Courtesy: COTA
Sixty-nine percent of respondents say they are having difficulty hiring trained, skilled mechanics. Photo Courtesy: COTA

What is your biggest challenge in the garage and how have you tried to address it?

  • "Controlling budget costs — plan and anticipate repair, scheduling maintenance practices and finding parts at the lowest cost available. Scheduling is becoming more difficult because of time it takes to find lower cost parts."
  • "Trying to keep up with training in an ever-changing and trying economy."
  • "Finding good, qualified mechanics. We are growing our own through an internal apprentice program and by providing lots of training for existing or new mechanics."
  • "We have been unable to keep up with the growth of the city, have run out of storage area and our maintenance facility can no longer sustain workload effectively. What we have done is create more weekend and off-peak operation positions. We plan to expand buildings at two of our existing locations."
  • "Competing priorities are a daily challenge and require a constant reassessment of which problem will be number one today."
  • "Maintaining an aging fleet. Some of our vehicles are no longer manufactured. We have searched throughout the U.S. to find replacement parts that allow us to continue service. In many cases, we have modified air conditioning systems and electrical systems in order to facilitate operational needs."

 

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