To give yourself the best chance of success in the mechanical world, it is suggested that you gain formal education and training in the subject. Below are the steps you should follow.
The first step in becoming a fully qualified mechanic is gaining your high school diploma. Suppose you aren't able to get your high school diploma. In that case, you can complete a GED (General Educational Development testing) as your first step. These tests cost a maximum of $140 and take an average of 3 months to study and complete.
Training can be carried out in several ways. These include:
Community College: Here, you can obtain an associate's or bachelor's degree.
Car Mechanic School: These are schools tailored explicitly to training mechanics where you can earn either a certificate or a diploma. These schools provide both practical and theoretical education.
Military: This option will not provide you with any certification. However, it will provide a wealth of hands-on training. It will also provide you with a desirably high level of experience. Military training does provide the option to earn a degree by taking additional classes and programs.
Trade / Vocational Schools: You can get a diploma or a certificate here. These schools may also offer courses that you can enroll in while still in high school to start training as early as possible.
Take the ASE entry-level certification. This certification includes eight tests, each focusing on a different mechanical-based subject. Tests include engine repair, suspension and steering, engine performance manual drive, automatic transition, heating and air-conditioning, brakes, and electronic systems. You can gain this certification during or after the education step mentioned above as there is no experience required.
Apprenticeships and internships can be valuable learning tools in the process of becoming a mechanic. Apprenticeships are optional; however, an internship may be a requirement of specific degree programs.
You will now be able to start applying for mechanic jobs. You will most likely begin on more straightforward jobs to gain experience before you can carry out all the roles and responsibilities of the title.
After education and having two years of hands-on experience working as a mechanic, you can take the ASE test to continue your professional growth and become a technician.
The way cars work and the features that different vehicles have are constantly changing. It is essential to keep updated with these changes by utilizing training courses and conferences. Staying updated will enable you to provide the best possible service to your customers.