On reality shows like Monster Garage and Motor City Motors, we’ve seen a GMC Suburban turn into a pothole filler and a PT Cruiser transform into a wood chipper. And these just scratch the surface of the miracles that mechanics can perform.
which started April 1, is designed to bring attention to the important tasks mechanics perform every day: from changing oil and air filters to reading diagnostic reports and repairing engine defects. Without their expertise, most of us wouldn’t be able to make it to work everyday. And with the current emphasis on hybrid technology, auto mechanics are going to checking our fluids and fixing our engines well into the future. If you love cars, love working with your hands, and hate the idea of being chained to a desk all day, an automotive career may be one to consider.
Some mechanics get their start by taking automotive classes in high schools, while others attend two-year associate degree programs sponsored by car dealers and manufacturers. If you’re thinking about going back to school to become a mechanic, remember that the best programs are those recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). (ASE also certifies mechanics after two years of experience in a given area, plus completing a test.) While you’re in school, you’ll learn basic automotive service, how the engine works, the different electrical systems, how to suspension and steering systems function, heating and air conditioning systems, and much more.
Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll be ready to start popping hoods and changing brake pads. And best of all, you’ll have a range of careers to consider, including:
Autobody and collision repair specialists take the dents, dings, and damage out of cars after collisions of all shapes and sizes.
Audi mechanics are employed by Audi dealerships and work specifically on this line of cars.
BMW mechanics stay up-to-date on the changing technology and processes that make BMWs run.
Ford mechanics can find employment in a wide range of business, from government agencies to dealerships to private garages.
Small engine mechanics work on boats, lawn tractors, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles.
Nascar pit crew mechanics have reached the holy grail of car and racing enthusiasts. They prepare high-performance race cars for big races, and are responsible for changing out the engines, switching plugs and other parts as needed, checking and adjusting tire pressure, and making weight adjustments on race day..