In order to be a mechanic and work in fields such as auto repair, you’ll need to know a lot about what it is you want to fix. Most of the time these things are vehicles that include, but are not limited to, cars, trucks, trailers, and other types such as construction vehicles and equipment. You might choose to become a tire or engine mechanic, or you might keep your interests broad.
Regardless, you will need a high school diploma and a degree in auto mechanics, and you’ll learn most of the job through training on the job. Go to any mechanic store or hardware store and then talk with the owners or mechanics, or ask for a job. Even if your job involves a lot more watching and asking questions than actual work on cars, you’ll be able to still see how certain repairs are done or how often people come in with a need to fix common mistakes.
In addition, find an old car that you can fix yourself. Bring it in and have the other mechanics tell you what’s wrong and how to fix it, and then put your new skills to the test on your own car. It’s the best way to learn because you are already very invested in getting the old car to start running.
If the employers aren’t satisfied with just on the job training, they can also might offer courses and hands-on practice with their own mechanics, and you’ll be expected to pass the exam and get a certificate of automotive service excellence to continue.
Once you graduate to a full mechanic, you’ll be doing one of several jobs throughout the day such as quality tire repairs, transmission services, and maintenance. First, you’ll be doing routine servicing to the car, which is just basic maintenance and checking up on any problems a customer has, as well as answering any questions and providing guidance. You’ll also repair and replace car parts and ensure that the car is in tip-top performance.
Finally, you might be called upon to give the car a total overhaul, either due to damage or breakdowns. You’ll be expected to delve deep inside the car and figure out what might be wrong. This is often the most time-consuming process, but also very rewarding.
Once you figure out what’s wrong, then you’ll be the one charging customers for parts and ordering them before repairing the car. Repairs can come in many different forms, from fender benders and smoothing out dents, to repairing weather damage, to dealing with a broken gasket or a leaking engine. You’ll have to have a basic understanding of how to fix the problems, whatever they are.
That’s why either getting an older car to fix up yourself (because it likely has all the problems a customer will bring you) or reading various books on different types of cars and repairing techniques will only better your skills as a mechanic. It’s a difficult job, but it is rewarding and fun for the people who like to make broken down stuff new again.