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KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

ROADTRIP NATION: CHANGING GEARS dispels long-held perceptions of auto technician work, opening up the hood on a rapidly accelerating industry that's driven by advanced training, specialized skills, and mastery of today's most cutting-edge technology. A look at this trade through the eyes of three young aspiring technicians - and the established professionals whom they seek out for advice - CHANGING GEARS takes viewers on a tour through a field that's growing fast, but needs more workers. As the Bureau of Labor reports, demand for auto technicians is the highest it's ever been, but with scarce numbers of young adults enrolling in technical training programs, a shortage of technicians in the near future is almost guaranteed. Alexandra, Dylan and Michael set off to interview successful technicians in every corner of the industry, from Dennis McCarthy, the lead technician for the Fast and the Furiousfranchise, to Bogi Latiener, whose female-centric garage is challenging gender expectations surrounding automotive work. It's a supercharged adventure through land and sea as the road-trippers get behind the wheel of everything from exotic supercars to giant tractors, discovering a wide array of technician careers that go far beyond wrench-turning.

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