Auto Mechanics and My Future
Auto Mechanics is an interesting field to me. I decided to explore the topic a little more to get a better understanding of what it would take to become one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an auto mechanic is a technician that inspects, maintains and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity or other alternative fuels, like ethanol. Auto mechanics play a very important role in maintaining and keeping vehicles up and running efficiently. The field of automechanics reveals a long history, specialized schooling and strong career objectives for anyone that would like to choose this field as a career.
There are certain requirements you have to get to become an auto mechanic. A student can get the basics of automobile repair by taking a vocational class in high school. The course is not really considered training but it gives you a basic knowledge of what a mechanic does. To be considered a qualified auto mechanic you will have to complete training at a post- secondary school or community college. Many post secondary schools have 6 months to 1 year of intense training. The community college usually offers an associate degree for this field and it ususally takes 2 years to complete the coursework. With this type of training you are getting the most up to date training that you will need when you are using with computer systems to detect problems with cars. Another form of training involves working as an apprentice to a master technician. When all the formal training is completed and a mechanic is considered certified they will receive ASE certification. This stands for Automobile Service Excellence certification. The Bureau of Labor statistics suggests that individuals who live in large cities should get certified to help them with their search for jobs (2008).
An auto mechanics basic job function is performed in some type of repair shop. Many mechanics work 40 hours per week. Sometimes work...