Did you dream of getting under the car hood as a child in a bid to fix your car? Or did you actually pretend to do it whilst playing with your friends? Maybe, Brian Cranston’s garage in “Drive” inspired you to give it a go. Whatever the circumstances, we believe you could have a bright future as an auto mechanic.
1. What would your job be as a mechanic?
Mechanics can expect to work on virtually any part of the car; be it the brakes, headlights, belts, air conditioning or engine. If you land a job in a small garage you must be aware of all the systems within a car in order to provide an accurate diagnosis and solution to your customer’s problems. You may have to focus on area specific part of the car and as such you will need to specialize in things like plastic automotive clips and fasteners, electrical systems or the engine or the doors. You must also know how to employ a range of different tools in your day-to-day work.
Modern cars have become increasingly sophisticated. Therefore, a mechanic must acquaint themselves with the computer systems and other intricate details to remain in business. A high-school degree could land you a job as a technician. Though you might consider earning a certificate as an auto mechanic by joining a rigorous two-year degree program in a number of community colleges. Thisis up to you, and depends on your location and the salary you intend to earn.
You can expect an hourly salary as a beginner. Though this may increase and allow you to earn a minimum weekly salary as you gain experience and skills. Most mechanics have a 9-5 job; however, working overtime could land you extra money.
This can be a rewarding field if you love working on cars and have an equal liking for technology.