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It's a little late to get started down this path. However, there are paths you can take, perhaps a BOCES trade school. It's mostly for high school students. Trade colleges such as Morrisville are another possibility. Or you can take classes online.
To be hired as an auto technician, you must be certified in engine diagnostics, engine rebuild, brakes, transmission overhaul, transaxle overhaul, A/C and heat, cooling systems, tire sizes and designations, electronics, and electrical systems, as well as airbag repair and replacement.
Over the years I've gained certification in each of these. Look up ASE certification and the requirements in each section.20
when I was a teen, I couldn't wait to get to watch those guys work on cars in the shop.10
That's a very skillful & helpful occupation. I encourage you to pursue it.30
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Months? Heh, good luck!
There's a lot to be known about every single mechanical part, and every manifacturer makes things differently. There are so many models, some with specific kinks that needs to be addressed if you know to perform a successful repair.
Not every car is fixed the same way, excluding ordinary upkeeping.
Months won't be enough to learn this trade. It takes years.10
Mechanics are always in demand. I think it is a lot more technical than it used to be with so many computer controlled functions in todays vehicles.
You could probably find a good program at your local Community College or Vo Tech school.
A few years ago I went to my local Vo-Tech school at night to learn how to weld. I bought a small stick welder and do home repair and small fabrication projects.29
Bit late now
Once everything goes electric no one but the manufacturer will be able to touch them but it has been progressing that way the last 30 years
My uncle was a mechanic for 50 years but he's sold up because it was getting too electronic for him20
It is a good field to get into. That's what I went to school for when I graduated high school. I hurt my back so I couldn't bend over a fender all day. I had a few jobs before I became an electrician. There's a shortage of good mechanics. If that's what you want to do, go for it. Give it your all.20
It's usually about a 4 year apprenticeship. Usually you learn to do it on the job and attend classes for the theoretical aspects. You'll learn about combustion and a little bit of algebra. Then at the end of the 4 years, you'll do a capstone test and if you pass, you will be a fully qualified mechanic.10
I did collision repair and it was about 15months but your probram could be less or slightly more depending on where you start. Would you ever consider taking up electric vehicle tech certification? Its a growing trend nowadays10
Nice! However combustion Engine cars are becoming obsolete I would say within maximum 10 to 20 years they’ll be no more need for mechanics as cars like Tesla will take over.13
It's hard work. But you can make good money if you get good at it.
I've been working on cars my whole life, but never professionally. It has always been a hobby.
I skipped 8th grade class to go to the school library to read up on how to fix cars. Even worked at a dealership for a number of years, but not as a tech - as a parts counter person.0
Great idea! You should check into various schools and programs to find out how long it will take. Community colleges are almost free and have good programs13
Cool. It is a needed field.
Jet engines and aircraft mechanics probably make more money if you were open to tweaking your mechanic field.10
Well start by taking a car completely apart learning about each piece and put it back together BOOM! Pro💯😎13
It’s a dying profession. Ten years from now, most all cars will be electric.216
Usually you go to school and become certified for a set of vehicles. Depending on how many certifications you want it could take a couple of years or perhaps much longer. But a 2 year program is about standard.0
Yes, I think you can! That would be a good job for you, man.30
Why don't you ask your trust mechanic to teach the basics?13
not wise.. there are so many mechanics that you can pick your fill from anyone willing to work a slave wage.11
I like the old saying “Do what you love and you’ll never “work” a day in your life!” You’ll be great at it! I wish I was passionate about my job.20
It’s a cool career field and I heard it pays well. Just take classes for it and it get some certificates and you should be good20
Too hot outside for me, i was a tire lube guy for 3 years hard work10
You need a high IQ as there's lots of electronics. People are not doing trades these days so jobs are in demand.10
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This is something you can definitely learn at home, but if you're doing it as a hobby, it's going to take years to become a "professional" - but that doesn't mean you can't do things and do them well. I'm FAR from a professional, but I've done simpler work (brakes, oil changes, belts, some electrical) for people in the past when I needed side money. You don't always have to start as a full-service shop.
I recommend you watch a lot of YouTube videos. Look up Tavarish, Car Wizard, Wrench Every Day, etc. and look at the projects they do. Then start working on your own cars - that's where you start. Soon, someone will ask you about their car not running well, or their brakes grinding, etc., and you can work on their car - and over time, things will grow. But if you're doing it as a hobby, don't expect to make a lot of income from it for several years at least, and a lot of your "income" will probably go to tools for a while.
You might also see if you can find a garage that will let you apprentice for one day a week. You'll see far more cars and situations that way, and you'll get up to speed a lot faster. You'll also learn procedures and learn about tools you've never seen and how to use them.