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The Value of Expertise: A Career in Auto Mechanics

5 OCT 2012
Career Path : Apprenticeships

We always groan when it comes time to fix our automobiles. While some of us possess the skills to fix minor problems with our car, most of us really have no idea how they operate. So when something is wrong, we take our vehicle to the mechanic. And because we know little to nothing about our cars, we often think a mechanic is over-charging us for the work that needs to be done on the car. But the truth is, there is a lot of expertise, time and supplies that go into car repair.

That is why being an auto mechanic, or a general mechanic, is one of the most valued skills in the job market. You can’t become a good mechanic, or even a passable one, without some kind of extensive training. The knowledge of auto mechanics is relied upon to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others, and so it must be certified.

An auto apprenticeship is likely the best way to ensure that the students receive the right education and sufficient hands-on experience to be a mechanic. Auto professionals need to practice their skills in a real world environment in order to hone them, and that means working in the field from the very beginning of their training. A mechanical environment will also provide students with a network of people that work in his/her field, and will provide students with real world situations that require real world solutions. These are the type of things that must be learned from a book, and then put immediately into practice.

Auto mechanic apprenticeships teach students how to maintain and repair automobiles. In order to be able to do this, they work towards helping students to develop the skills necessary to diagnose an automotive problem and then fix it. As a result, students learn extensive theoretical knowledge, and learn how to practically apply what they have learnt. As apprentices are constantly being observed, they learn how to strictly adhere to the country’s safety regulations. In addition, students come away from their auto apprenticeships with highly developed skills, knowledge and craftsmanship, and also with a sense of pride. And an apprenticeship in auto mechanics doesn’t necessarily mean working in a garage. It can translate to positions in mechanical assembly, transportation equipment manufacturing or even working for a car dealership (this can extend to the buying of automotive parts). The only thing standing in the way is how hard a student is willing to work.

Students can choose to specialize in different departments, including auto body and collision repair, or they can choose to teach, if they prefer. These options are open to people with sufficient training, and require separate auto apprenticeships.

Auto apprenticeships provide students with invaluable skills. In today’s tumultuous economy, it is essential to have a valued skill, especially one that works so closely with the evolutions of today.

Visit Mohawk College for more information on general mechanic apprenticeships.