Turning Into a Professional Mechanic

Posted on March 3, 2012 · Posted in Auto Electrical Repairs

Did your dad or uncle teach you how to fix your own cars? If this describes you pretty well, becoming an automobile mechanic might be the perfect professional for you. There are plenty of opportunities for these professionals because, honestly, no one is going to stop driving cars any time soon. Auto mechanics will always have a job – as long as there are vehicles. To actually become a good mechanic, though, you will need basic and advanced mechanical training.

Like with anything else, if this is what you decide you’d like  to do, you will need to follow certain steps. First of all, it’s important to become not just a mechanic, but a GOOD mechanic. Anyone who has had a car, truck, van, or any vehicle go in for repair knows that the value of a good mechanic is worth its weight in gold. In this field of work, there are those who take advantage of people who don’t understand the mechanics of a car so that you pay more than you need.

Don’t be one of these mechanics. Be honourable and hardworking and your efforts will be rewarded. As soon as people trust you to do a good job with their car, they will become loyal, lifetime clients. And not only that, but they will also refer other people to come see you.

Start your training early by taking auto repair and electrical classes in high school or vocational school, and pay attention in science and math classes. As a summer job or an internship, see if you can find apprenticeship and training programs with auto mechanics in your area. While you’re working, study your area to see where the best automotive or technical schools are where you can apply and earn your degree. Or, if you’re not married to the idea of staying close to home, broaden your search and look at programs like these in other states and regions of the country. Make sure that when you are looking at schools and programs, though, that the schools and programs you are looking at will prepare you for your Automotive Service Excellence certification test, because without that, you will not be qualified.

Finally, choose your school or program and work hard at your studies. Once you take your Automotive Service Excellence certification test and earn that recognition, it is time to look for your official job. I recommend searching in big cities with high traffic area. For example, auto service in Chicago is at high demand due to the volume of driers and commuters in the area. And remember, mechanics are paid on the basis of their productivity, so your earnings will depend in part on the type and amount of work that comes through your employer’s shop.