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Starting an Auto Mechanic Career

17 JAN 2013
Career Path : Automotive

Despite what you may have heard, the automotive industry continues to be one of the largest and most important industries in the world. It’s true that the industry (and the car itself) is undergoing many rapid changes, which are creating numerous challenges, but these changes are also providing great opportunities for anyone who has an interest in an auto mechanic career.

Career Opportunities in the Automotive Industry

Numerous new employment opportunities are being created today by auto trends based on advances in technology, large production overcapacity, heavy fuel consumption, environmental concerns, and a steady retirement of skilled or trained personnel. This means that an already large employee base is set to expand, and well-trained candidates will be highly sought after.

Consider recent statistics from Canada, which show that there are 162,000 people employed in auto technical trades in that country. 96% of those employees work full time and more than one-third of those jobs require a skilled trade designation or a college diploma. These numbers reflect similar situations in countries across the western world. What this means is that there are great opportunities for trained, highly skilled auto mechanics. Now is a great time to enroll in an automotive trades training program.

The best auto mechanics training programs mix theoretical class time with hands-on training. Some, in fact, offer an apprenticeship in an auto repair facility, where you can earn practical on-the-job experience while studying. This is highly recommended as it can develop confidence and knowledge, helping you step right into the workforce upon graduation.

Auto Mechanics are usually paid hourly, but some highly skilled mechanics are guaranteed a minimum weekly salary. Some repair shops also offer commission incentives and performance bonuses to make this basic auto mechanic salary even more attractive. On average, Automotive Service Technicians earn between $45,000 and 70,000 per year plus benefits. If you’re passionate about cars, this can be a dream come true. Imagine earning a good living while doing something you love – working on cars!

A certification or diploma in automotive trades can help you land a career in numerous car-related outlets, including:

  •     New and used car dealers
  •     Retail automotive repair facilities
  •     Custom and specialty shops
  •     Heavy duty truck repair facilities
  •     Organizations with fleet vehicles
  •     And more

A comprehensive auto trades training program can also give you all the skills needed to develop your entrepreneurial spirit and skills. Many auto mechanic graduates go on to own and mange their own automotive repair or specialty shop.

Contact The Automotive Training Centre today for more information on automotive training programs.