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Eight Types of Tools You’ll Encounter in Your Auto Mechanic Course

28 JUN 2012
Career Path : Automotive

Today’s aspiring auto mechanics can base their choice of mechanic school on the quality of the school’s equipment. Does it offer the latest technology? Hand held diagnostic tools? Wireless wheel alignment systems? How big is the garage? Here are some of the tools you will get to know very well over your tenure at mechanic school. When you graduate, employers will expect that you know how to operate the equipment that they have in their workshops.


1. A dynamometer

You may not know what a dynamometer is now, but by the time you have finished your auto mechanic course, you certainly will. This tool is used to test engine performance for a vehicle parked on rollers. It measures torque, horsepower and rotational speed. Student mechanics can use the “dyno” to reproduce road conditions (uphill, downhill, certain distances). It is a kind of virtual road test that can take place in the convenience of the classroom, with all students gathered around within easy view of the monitor.


2. Brake lathes

Chances are that as you become a mechanic you will learn how to use brake lathes to re-machine vehicle brakes. There are a variety of brake lathes on the market.


3. Diagnostic scanners

As you will no doubt learn in mechanic school, the cars of today have a large electronic component. This electronic revolution has given rise to a whole new class of tools, including hand held electronic scanners, for diagnosing electronic problems.


4. Wheel alignment measuring systems

In your auto mechanic course, you will learn how to measure toe, camber, thrust, etc. of the vehicles that you work on.


5. Engine diagnostic tools

You may have seen ads for engine diagnostic tools geared at vehicle owners, but in your mechanic school, you will probably get to practice diagnosing cars with much stronger professional models.


6. Various tools

While you are studying to become a mechanic, you will probably start to acquire some mechanic tools of your own, including saws, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, cutters and socket sets of various sizes.


7. Automotive lifts

No mechanic school classroom would be complete without these mechanical marvels capable of lifting thousands of pounds high in the air.


8. Strut tamer

A strut tamer is used to service or compress struts. For many mechanics, their first view of this specialty machinery is in a mechanic school classroom. It allows mechanics to remove struts from vehicles without sending them uncontrolled flying through the room, ceiling or walls.


If you are curious about the kinds of tools you will encounter in your auto mechanic course, consider calling to request a tour of the facilities. Most schools are eager to show off their facilities to prospective students.


Visit Canadian Automotive & Trucking Institute for more information on mechanic school.