How To Start Your Career As An Automobile Mechanic

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Automobile Mechanics work in a variety of locations, including auto repair centers of all sizes, car dealership, car rental agencies, and their own shops.

Because automobiles are such an important part of our daily lives, having a reputable mechanic to depend on is vital.  If you choose to have a career as an automobile mechanic, you must be well-organized, detail oriented, honest, mechanically minded, patient and observant.  You must be a good listener, have good diagnostic and analytical skills and provide excellent customer service.  Auto Mechanics must be physically fit and able to lift, carry, bend, and stoop with ease.  They must read well and rapidly in order to stay up to date with all the latest innovations in the auto industry.  In order to prevent accidents, Automobile Mechanics must be neat and keep their tools and surroundings clean and in order.

Although most Mechanics work a regular forty hour week, some overtime may be required as work pressures demand.

There is an ongoing demand for skilled reliable Automobile Mechanics, especially those with formal training and certification.

If you get a job as an Auto Mechanic, your duties will depend on your experience, and the location and size of the business in which you are employed.  Auto Mechanics carry out routine maintenance on a variety of vehicles.  This involves following a detailed check list.  They may do such things as changing oil, rotating tires, and lubricating engines.  If clients report problems, the mechanic will carry out a preliminary inspection first visually and then with the engine running.  He may also take the vehicle for a test drive.  Diagnostic tests are often required to pinpoint the cause of problems.  The problem as well as repairs needed and costs involved will be discussed with the client before any repairs are made.  Work may be as simple as replacing worn or faulty parts, or as complex as rebuilding an engine.  Mechanics are always prepared to explain their work, answer questions, and give advice.

While still in high school, those wishing to have a career as an auto mechanic should take courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computers, and any auto shop, mechanical training, or bookkeeping courses that are available.  In order to be successful in their chosen career, Auto Mechanics then must then have formal training.  This is available in trade schools, vocational schools,technical schools and community colleges.  Courses last from one to two years and consist of both academic courses and hands-on experience.  Always get the best education you can possibly afford.  Some community colleges offer an associates degree in auto mechanics.  Another good option is to take part in one of the many excellent apprenticeship programs available in some areas.

It is important to take a training program that is certified by the National Institute For Automotive Service Excellence, as such programs will prepare you for getting Automotive Service Excellence Certification.  This certification is proof of the level of your education and skill, and is now demanded by many employers.

There are eight areas in which you may be certified including brake systems, suspension, steering, electrical systems, engine repair, and heating and air conditioning.  To become certified you need at least two years experience plus completion of an examination.  Those that become certified in all eight areas obtain the title of Master Automobile Technician.  The following site will provide you with further information regarding certification.

http://www.ase.com/

When you are ready to start your career as an Auto Mechanic, find a place of employment that encourages and offers opportunities for, professional development.  With education and experience, auto Mechanics may advance to become supervisors, own their own shops, or teach Auto Mechanics.

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