Mechanics identify problems with and fix machinery, most commonly automobiles and car engines. The auto mechanics industry is more complex than ever due to advancing automotive technology. So, today's automobile mechanic deals with high-level technology as part of his or her everyday work. A good mechanic should know how to:
- diagnose and locate a mechanical or electrical problem,
- accurately and efficiently identify specific problems,
- conduct routine tests of engines and other parts, and
- apply thorough knowledge of traditional and high-technology tools.
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How to Become a Mechanic
A good place to start your mechanics training is at a mechanics school. Auto mechanics can prepare at the high school level or post-secondary, but employers increasingly prefer some formal training. Vocational school training is often the best way to gain specialized knowledge in mechanics. If you choose to attend post-secondary mechanics programs, you may cover the following areas:
- Transmission technology and rebuilding
- Automotive air conditioning repair
- Front-end mechanics
- Small engine repair
- Diesel engine mechanics
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is considered standard among mechanics. It's available for eight different automotive service specialties.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job opportunities for auto mechanics will be good if you have the proper post-secondary training. The mean annual wage for mechanics was $37,880 in 2009. The top ten percent earned $59,920 per year, on average. Since the right mechanics education could have a dramatic impact on your career, pursue mechanics training today.