Auto Mechanics School
If you love cars, becoming a mechanic might be a natural fit
Every machine can break down, which leaves a lot of career options for those of us who are mechanically-inclined. Though some of the work performed by auto mechanics is tedious and repetitive, it can also be very rewarding. Auto mechanics is as much about creativity as it is technical skill.
Auto mechanics is actually a broad field - you can specialize in any of several areas, such as:
- Body repair
- Electrical and fuel
- Steering, suspension and brakes
- Heating and cooling
If you're thinking of attending an auto mechanics school, first decide where your interests lie - do you want to work with the mechanical inner-workings of a car or are you most interested in body repair? There are many areas to learn about, but career-wise they have very little overlap. Choosing the field you're most interested in will give you the best chance at long-term job satisfaction.
Investigate the schools in your local area that offers programs in automotive mechanics. Talk to former students of the schools and find out about their experiences. Try contacting people already working in the automotive repair industry and ask them what schools they think provide the best education.
Many auto repair jobs are expected to arise in the coming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly three quarters of current auto mechanic school graduates find work in the first six months out of school.
The auto repair business is relatively recession-proof. As long as people are driving cars and trucks (and those vehicles are breaking down or getting into accidents), there will be jobs for auto mechanics.