Starting up a career in auto repair?
First, you need to get up to speed
on the latest in computerized
& electronic systems.
For car enthusiasts
who spend hours playing around under the hood of their car, or
who find friends, family, and even perfect strangers picking their
brain for advice on do
it yourself car repairs, a career in car maintenance and repair
might be the perfect way to transition into a profitable career.
The exciting news for hobbyists is that automotive technology
is rapidly changing. Today, most new car and trucks use sophisticated
electronics, and will require specialized training for most people
to be able to understand and repair properly.
that auto mechanics and automotive technicians use are also increasingly
sophisticated, and most hobbyists won't have the opportunity to
learn how to use these complex, expensive tools without proper
This isn't to say that on-the-job training isn't available from
a professional repair shop, but it is generally recommended that
those looking to build a career as an auto mechanic get some vocational
schooling before they embark on job hunt. This can only increase
the chance of getting hired and on the fast track to advancement.
What car repair
hobbyists do have going for them right now is their desire to
learn more about the latest innovations coming off the assembly
Enthusiasts with enough interest to keep up with this rapidly
evolving industry will find themselves at the forefront of the
industry, quickly rising through the ranks and rapidly advancing
in skills and pay.
For those currently working in the US automotive repair industry,
the average wage is more than $16 an hour. Job prospects for the
industry are also quite good, as the number of cars on the road
is expected to keep rising, and this means an ever-increasing
demand for skilled workers.
Those looking to stay ahead of the curve and guarantee themselves
a job in the coming years should also consider learning about
cars powered with alternative
energy sources, such as electricity. Electric and hybrid
cars make up a tiny portion of the cars on the roads today,
but that number will only go up in the coming years as dwindling
supplies of oil struggle to meet the need for speed.
More about auto mechanic careers and jobs around the Web:
Body Repair Career Guide - An extensive directory with
linked resources to job descriptions, average salaries and skill
requirements or a variety of automotive maintenance jobs including
auto & collision repair, painting, body making, auto parts
specialists and related careers.
Technician Career Information - A guide to automobile,
truck technician and parts specialist careers with related tips
& advice on education and certification from the National
Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.