If you enjoy learning about mechanical objects and working with your hands, automotive repair may be a good match for you. Here are some steps to take to become an automotive technician:
1. Study automotive repair in high school. If your high school offers auto shop classes, sign up for them along with your traditional academic studies. Take advantage of computer classes to prepare you for technical advancements in modern vehicles.
2. Graduate with a high school diploma. Most employers will require this proof of education at a minimum. An equivalent such as a GED certificate may also be acceptable.
3. Seek post-secondary or vocational training. Vocational schools can provide specialized training in as little as six months, with the rest of your training completed on the job. An associate’s degree in automotive technology may offer classes in a wide range of systems education, such as engine repair, suspension or power trains. Applying for a job with a degree on your resume will help set you apart from other candidates.
4. Take advantage of certifications or car manufacturer internships. Education programs are often designed to lead to a job after completion. Wherever possible, accept internships or certification training. This can help you know the shop or dealership where work upon completion of your certificate or degree.
5. Acquire a set of tools. Though some shops provide tools, some places you may work will require you to use your own tools. You should learn how to use and take care of specialized automotive tools and always have what you will need to complete your work. Some tool manufacturers provide discounts or payment plans for students or entry-level automotive technicians.
6. Show enthusiasm in job training. No matter what task you are assigned during an internship or training period, be positive and willing to learn and perfect the skills you are asked to do.
Here's your main tools to have as a auto mechanic. Pneumatic tools and air compressor, a couple of top of the line hoses that won't kink. A mechanic tools chest on wheels with the drawers fill with everything from sockets and ratchets to crescent wrenches and hammers. There is also your oxygen and setteling tanks w/ hoses and gages.
To buy all this is a small fortune brand new, but you can find good deals at garage sales and flea market. Jamie's flea market in Amherst is open on Wednesday and Saturday 8-4.
The JVS has all that equipment already and you will be trained on how to use the tools. The on hands education is priceless. This is where you can be graded on your performance and whether or not you like the trade.
As you go through HS you'll find doors that open, then door that close, but keep walking till you find a window. That will be your passion job.