Actually, you can start your education now while in high school. Most employers today in this field expect candidates to have completed post-secondary training programs. The training typically lasts around 6-12 months, with students getting certificates after completion. These programs offer students on-the job training. Work environments typically include auto repair shops and car dealerships. Coursework includes mathematics, automotive repair and electronics. In order to achieve master status, students must become certified by the National Institute for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). Before earning this certification, students must work full-time for two years.
Community college training programs often last two years and lead to an associate degree. Training programs combine hands-on practice with coursework in mathematics, computers, electronics and automotive repair. Workers can advance to automotive master mechanic by gaining experience and certification.
Here are some steps to become a master mechanic:
Get your High School Diploma - start taking electives in shop or electronics, math, computers and English
Get Experience - train under an experienced mechanic; do an apprenticeship program
Get Post-Secondary Education in Automotive Technology - consider a certificate or associate's degree
Get your Master Mechanic Certification - you'll need to pass 8 examinations in the following areas:
1) Engine repair
2) Automatic transmission
3) Manual drive train and axles
4) Suspension and steering
6) Electrical/electronic systems
7) Heating and air conditioning
8) Engine performance
Good mechanics are always in demand. I appreciate the work they do in keeping my vehicle operating properly. I wish you much success on your journey.
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The first, basic requirement is a high school diploma. Then the real education in automotive technology begins. That is, you need at least two years of experience. If you can get hired at a service facility or perhaps a dealership, you'll be learning on the job. Most of the techs I've known had been working on cars since they were young, so most of the principles were familiar to them. Someone who strives to be a master mechanic will generally have a love of the field from the get-go. A few years of experience in multiple aspects of automotive service will put you on the track of certification, such as ASE. At the dealership I worked at, there were sponsored training programs from the auto company headquarters for a whole host of topics. In addition, you should strongly consider taking some post-secondary classes related to automotive technology. When I was younger, there were classes in automotive repair in high school. I'm not sure about today, but there are trade schools in most major cities. But I would strongly recommend taking a technical course at a college, perhaps a 2-year college. Also, consider that cars today are extremely sophisticated, so it doesn't hurt to know things like some computer science, materials and other engineering, etc.. One of the things my uncle taught me was that an understanding of science is a pretty great thing to have when understanding just what those crazy engineers have put in the cars of today :-) ! And things are moving pretty quickly, for sure.