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What should be my first step once I graduate high school if I want to get into the automotive industry?

I'm a senior in high school and really want to be a mechanic. I want to be able to diagnose a vehicles problem and be able to fix it.
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John’s Answer

Dominick most of today's automotive systems, including steering, transmission and braking systems, are controlled primarily by electronic components and computers. Therefore, auto mechanics should have a combination of traditional mechanic hand tool skills and backgrounds working with modern electronic technology. Most employers require auto mechanics complete a formal training program at the postsecondary level. However, there are some high school programs that also prepare students for entry-level mechanic positions. High school programs offer training in the areas of collision repair and basic automotive technology.

Most certificate and associate degree programs in automotive technology are found at community colleges and vocational schools. Students prepare for a career in the auto industry by learning manual drive trains and axles, suspension and steering systems, automotive electrical systems, engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions, brake systems, engine performance analysis, automotive electricity and engine reconditioning. Automotive technology programs involve a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. Many students are able to secure internships at local service centers or car dealerships while in school. Auto mechanic certification is not required, but it is very common among those who wish to remain competitive in the field.

While certification is voluntary in this field, many mechanics pursue professional credentials through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). In order to attain certification through the ASE, mechanics need at least two years of experience and are expected to take a written test. ASE offers nine possible automotive technician certifications, each of which covers a specific area of a car or truck, like the engine, electrical systems and suspension. This field is very competitive, and earning a certificate or associate degree and becoming certified is highly advised.

The BLS projects that employment of automotive mechanics will decline one percent in the 2018-2028 decade. Those with formal education and knowledge of advanced automotive technology, including hybrid technology, will likely have an edge among job candidates. The average Automotive Mechanic salary in the United States is $46,000 as of September 25, 2020, but the range typically falls between $39,900 and $51,500. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Hope this was Helpful Dominick
Thank you comment icon Thank you John so much! This is very helpful and I will be taking your advice to help me make my future decisions. Dominick
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Andrea’s Answer

If you like to get into the automotive industry as a mechanic or a technician, I recommend to check out the websites of your favorite manufacturer's and dealerships and see what they require for entry level positions and then work towards that. Here is a place to start:

I also recommend to speak to people and interview them. Maybe your family is using an auto repair shop on a regular basis? Ask if you can shadow one of their employees for a day or a week. That way you get to ask all the questions you have and find out at the same time if this is something you really would like to pursue.

Wishing you lots of success!
Thank you comment icon Thank you Andrea. This is very helpful and will plan on acting on this advice. Dominick
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sarah’s Answer

There are several ways to get into an automotive mechanic/technician career. If you want this to be your next step after graduating from high school, I would recommend looking into the technical schools or vocation schools that work with your local dealerships and automobile companies.
Recently, Mercedes-benz started the Mercedes-Benz College Automotive Program at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. This is a great opportunity to earn an associates degree with hands on experience working on Mercedes-Benz cars. You can get more information on the program at :
Additional information: video

All the best.
Thank you comment icon Thank you Sarah so much! This is valuable information that I will take into consideration. Dominick