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High school vocational and industrial arts programs are
dwindling as parents instead steer their children towards
college and white-collar computer-based futures. Many
remaining programs havent kept pace with current auto
technology, turning out insufficiently trained
tradespeople, and the
need for qualified auto mechanics is
rising fast. With fewer skilled mechanics entering the job
world to replace retiring mechanics, the turnaround time
for car repairs is growing.
In areas without enough mechanics to go around, the
mechanic would be centralized in the manner of remotely
operated drone controllers. Qualified mechanics would
operate in a room of computer monitors and tech manuals,
communicating to a crew of technicians who are actually
in the repair bays. Techs would wear protective eyewear
incorporating cameras and microphones that transmit the
sights and sounds to the mechanic. The mechanic is the
brains of the pairing, the expertise, reviewing
documentation, giving instruction and procedures, the
techs are the hands, operating the test probes, turning
the wrenches, replacing the modules.
In this manner, one mechanic can direct an entire shop,
diagnosing and repairing more vehicles in less time than if
that mechanic were physically there doing them alone.
The semi-skilled techs would get hands-on experience, the
customer has a reduced wait time, the shop makes money.
I can do it... maybe... with a little help? [whatrock, Mar 07 2016]
[notexactly, Mar 20 2016]
||This idea reduces human beings to nothing more than centrally-controlled drones.
||Fine, very good. Carry on. [+]
||This could be improved by transferring all of the skill
and knowledge and decision making processes of the
mechanic into a flowchart on a screen that the
technicians could read out and follow. Theyd start
the mechanical equivalent of have you switched it
off and on again, and work their way down. They
only require intervention from above when something
out of pattern is detected. Initially, this would be
||Later, the flowchart will consume more
exception cases, until eventually it knows all and the
mechanic expires or is redundant. The flowchart
could be embedded in Siri or Google or
Cortana or something like that. Then everyone can
a mechanic, same as everyone is already a
||I was hoping this was a robotic mechanic that could be
deployed cheaply to make house calls or roadside repairs.
||Once your system is set up, the master mechanic may be
located overseas: possibly trained at the factory where the
car was built. [+]
||These flowcharts based on symptoms already exist,
created by teams of service engineers, master
mechanics, product design engineers, and tech
writers and illustrators. See your local dealership.
||Instead of "Hands to Work, Hearts to God" like the Shakers, we have:
||Techs hands to work, mechanics heads to control.
||Sounds like the beginning of a heartless religious cult.
||Perhaps started by GM, Toyota, and Ma Bell.