AA says it can’t fill jobs for qualified mechanics in Cork

18 February 2015
By David O’Sullivan

Ireland’s major motoring organisation and insurance provider is hiring
qualified mechanics to join its fleet of roadside Patrols. But the
AA’s recruitment drive has hit a problem in the rebel county – with 3
full-time jobs to fill in Cork they have come against a shortage of
qualified mechanics.

“I suppose it is a good sign for our recovering economy.” Says
Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan. “We are certainly adding
jobs this year and right now we need qualified and time-served
mechanics to join us as AA Patrols. We are surprised but we have not
been able to find enough candidates in Cork yet where we need to fill
two positions.”

AA Patrols need to be more than just mechanics. A modern AA van is
more like a mobile garage, carrying sophisticated electronics and the
capability to attend to any car on the road. 80% of AA call-outs end
with the car driving away.

“Of course our Patrols have the best training and the best equipment
but there is more to their role than the technical side of it.” Says
Faughnan. “An AA Patrol has to be a natural with people. We serve
members of all ages with all sorts of car problems. To be honest most
of the time fixing the car is the easy part; we also have to make sure
that the person feels well cared for, respected and helped. AA Members
know that an AA Patrol is unique on the road.”

Lar Byrne, AA Patrol of the Year, who is set to feature in their new
TV advert: “I’ve worked as a Patrol for seven years now and it’s a
job I love. There’s great reward in being that person who literally
comes to the rescue when someone is caught unawares by a breakdown.”

The AA is determined to find new Patrols like Lar in Cork. Applicants
wishing to apply should be fully qualified, time served mechanics
ideally with an E/B licence. Good customer service skills are also a
must given the nature of the role and the importance of delivering a
top quality AA experience for their Members.

Candidates who wish to apply for the role should send their CV
directly to personnel@theaa.ie

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