Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. An auto mechanic is a mechanic with the ability to fix a variety of automobile makes and models. They can diagnose those programs accurately and quickly. Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is project to grow 5 percent over the next 10 years. Becoming an auto mechanic is a rewarding career and can be accomplished with the right education.
Earnings & Salary
The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics is $37,850 per year. The highest 10% of earners earn over $63,330. As technology gets more advanced technicians are earning more if they possess certain skills. More electronic cars that are on the road means more techs need the ability to work on cars equipped with computers.
One thing that you’ll need to first decide is if you are going to work for a garage that services all different types of cars and trucks, run your own business or work for a specific dealership such as Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Chevrolet or Toyota. This is important as they all have different qualifications. Before you start your education it is a good idea to take a particular path so you can train and not waste your time on courses you don’t need.
Some of the service companies will provide you with tools, machinery, health insurance, 401K and paid holiday. You’ll need to perform work as outlined on repair orders with accuracy and accordance with dealership. Be able to examine an assortment of vehicles and recommend a work order to provide to the customer. Many companies will require that you have 2-3 years of service work however many of the smaller car dealerships will evaluate you on the job with little to no previous experience. This is why going to and graduating from an accredited school is so important.
Education and Training
One of the first steps is to find a good school. If you just graduated high school or looking for a great career then start researching the top auto mechanic schools in your area. You shouldn’t have to look far to find a good school. One of the first things to examine is the accreditation of the institution. If the school is fully accredited the next thing you’ll want to verify will be the relationship the school has with employers. Upon graduation it will be easier for you to find employment. Many of the auto mechanic schools have placement rates of over 90% upon graduation.
Another factor to verify is to see if the school is ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified. The ASE certification is the highest certification that almost every employer will want you to possess. Specific car manufacturers will also have their own certification but often those can be obtained once you are on the job. When it comes to pricing many of the automotive schools you’ll find odder 1 to 2 year training programs depending if you are studying full-time or part-time. Many of the larger schools will cost between $30,000 to 45,000 for an entire program.
When research schools make sure to visit the campus you are intending on studying at for a campus visit. This gives you the perfect opportunity to look at the classroom you’ll spend most of your time at. Also many of the schools will allow you to not only visit but talk to instructors and even current students. Make an effort to ask as many questions as possible. The goal is for you to leave having seen everything at the campus so you can decide if it will be a good school for you to attend. Often major cities will have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to picking the right auto mechanic school so take your time and find one that will help you reach your educational goals.
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