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A Modern Auto Service Technician

12 MAR 2013
Career Path : Automotive

Once upon a time, if you had car problems, you had to ask around and depend on the local reputation of the person who worked on your car. There was no centralized oversight, just specialized skills one usually learned through a few years of apprenticeship and being generally handy. Auto mechanics these days are extremely well trained, highly certified professionals. It’s no wonder that we demand years of education and hands on experience, through an apprenticeship and formal schooling in a mechanic college. Cars are immensely expensive, vital to our way of life and ability to access things, and when they or the drive fails, can be costly to both life and limb.


Thus, an auto service technician is likely to be involved with every step of a vehicle’s life cycle, from its initial testing at the car factory, to extra verification when it arrives at the dealership, and then frequent maintenance and inspection in the hands of its various owners. Finally when a car is junked, its individual parts are usually taken out for replacement parts on other cars, again seeing the care of a skilled automotive professional.


Mandatory annual inspections for car registration have made sure that garages get reliable business. No car can travel the roads without an up to date sticker showing that it is completely functional. Even rust damage that violates the structural integrity of the body of the car must be tended to. All cars must be in the hands of drivers with insurance, for protection of both the owner and anyone they get into an accident with. And of course that means a full certified auto service technician needs to verify things for the insurance company.


For obvious reasons, properly certified mechanic college is also well stocked with qualified instructors. In the past, and apprenticeship was enough preparation for mechanic exams, but these days cars are much more complex. With space age materials like carbon fiber in the body, elaborate electrics and onboard safety features, there are many extras in a car beyond and internal combustion engine and a steel body. Servicing anti-lock brakes is a lot harder than regular brakes, and when a car has a computer system more complicated and powerful than the computers used for the moon landing, it’s hardly a surprise that it takes a solid educational background to be able to handle things.


These schools give you experience with all the standard tools you’ll use and problems you’ll encounter before you move onto a professional work experience in your apprenticeship. Since this stage of your training is paid, it makes a lot of sense that you are already able to work. After several years as an apprentice, only then can you take an exam to be certified.



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