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Choose Your Specialization After Mechanic School

12 MAR 2012
Career Path : Automotive

Even people that have always known that they would like to become a mechanic still have some very important choices to make. Why? Because there are many different kinds of auto mechanics. Here is a quick look at three kinds: high performance mechanic, diesel mechanic and motorcycle mechanic.

Motor Sports Mechanic

Some people who say that they want to become a mechanic actually mean that they want to become a high performance mechanic, trained to service racing cars on and off the track.

People who become a mechanic for the racing industry learn many of the same skills as normal mechanics. They are trained to work on:

  • fuel systems
  • exhaust systems
  • transmissions
  • engines
  • brakes
  • cooling systems

But people who go to mechanic school to pursue a career in the motor sports industry also need to know about:

  • in-car camera technology
  • building custom engines
  • gear set up
  • cylinder head modifications
  • turcocharging
  • race car ignition coils
  • modifying race cars

N.B. Race car mechanics may also follow a different kind of schedule from conventional mechanics. They may also need to travel for their work.

Diesel Mechanic

Our freight industry in particular depends on the expertise of diesel mechanics.

Diesel mechanics learn at mechanic school about:

  • fuel-injection systems
  • starters
  • rebuilding engines
  • cyclinder heads

To become a diesel mechanic, one can study diesel engine repair at a mechanic school.

In mechanic school, aspiring diesel mechanics learn how to service such vehicles as:

  • tractors
  • cranes
  • bulldozers
  • combines
  • trucks
  • buses

Like any kind of graduate of mechanic school, diesel mechanics need both mechanical and electronic knowledge. An increasing amount of their work involves computers. At the same time, they still use the classic tools of the trade, including:

  • hoists
  • welding tools
  • grinding machines
  • screwdrivers

N.B. Those who specialize in diesel mechanics in mechanic school may find themselves working shifts. Some commercial fleets are maintained on a 24-hour schedule.

Motorcycle Mechanic

People who go to mechanic school to pursue a career as a motorcycle mechanic can specialize even further by concentrating on a specific brand of motorcycle, including:

  • Harley-Davidson motorcycles
  • Kawasaki motorcycles
  • Yamaha motorcycles
  • Mistubishi Motorcs motorcycles
  • Indian motorcyles
  • Campagna motorcyles

Some people may be drawn to mechanic school to study motorcycle repair because rising gas prices and concern about emissions may make motorcycles and scooters, which are approximately two times as fuel efficient as most cars, more attractive with the general population.

In mechanic school, aspiring motorcycle mechanics can learn about:

  • different types of engines (four stroke engines, two stroke engines, etc.)
  • brakes
  • suspensions

Graduates of mechanic school who become a mechanic to work on motorcycles may find work in the following environments:

  • speciality motorcycle repair shop
  • motorcycle assembly plant
  • motorcycle dealership

If you want to become a mechanic, start honing in on a specialty today.