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Things To Do Before You Become A Mechanic

19 JUN 2013
Career Path : Automotive

Most automobiles contain built-in computers nowadays, which means mechanics need to be familiar with electronic systems specifically designed for automobiles. Auto mechanics need to stay on top of continually changing technology. Some mechanics might find the idea of ongoing training daunting at first but, as in any job, they’ll want to learn about the changing and evolving engines they’re working with.


Beginning Training

Many students begin their training by tinkering on older cars and studying how cars operate in manuals. If you’re still in high school, it’s a good idea to check out what kind of opportunities and mechanic classes are provided. Some high schools might even be affiliated with an automotive youth service agency where you can receive intensive training to become a certified mechanic.

Whether you’re still in high school or an adult thinking about options to become a mechanic, developing good study habits will help you pursue your training with vigor and ease. Focusing your attention on math and science in your studies will help you with those technology related classes.

Many community colleges offer prep courses to set you on a course for certification. Most aspiring mechanics enroll in technical educational programs after graduating high school.


Obtaining Certification

These days, very few employers will hire auto mechanics who are not certified. Certification requires students to spend over 1,000 hours in classroom and practical hands-on studies and all must pass a written exam, which you can prep for with special guides.

Many community college programs encourage aspiring mechanics to complete an applied science (AS) degree before moving on to earn a certificate in automotive mechanics and technology. Training programs are often affiliated with local shops so students can intern with service centres throughout their studies.

There are a variety of training programs out there, and most will prepare students to become certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).


Consider Apprenticeship

You may want to start by visiting local garages in your area and talking with owners about an apprenticeship. Explain to the owner why you want to become a mechanic and what you want to learn from an apprenticeship. Providing a rough idea of when you can help in the garage and your contact information will show the owner you’re serious and the less they have to do will entice him to take you on.

When you do get your foot in the door, you’ll probably start out by observing others and just handing tools to the hired mechanics.

By behaving professionally and asking questions to learn as much as possible, you’ll learn a lot as well as show the shop owner you genuinely want to become a mechanic. Then when you do mechanic school, you’ll already have connections you need.

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