What does it mean to “work with your hands” these days? Now that nearly an entire generation has gone to college in hopes of well-paying jobs, only to find the market crowded and the economy in the tank, it’s time to talk about alternatives.
For whatever reason, many millions of students who went on to institutions of higher learning ignored or discounted the hands-on fields of maintenance and repair. Now that they’ve seen first-hand the lack of jobs for liberal arts degrees, we’re here to offer advice on how to become a car mechanic. These folks are the ones who keep the less mechanically-inclined among us on the road. It isn’t always a pleasant job and not everyone will take you at your word when you suggest repairs that must be done, but you’ll leave the garage knowing you put in an honest day’s work. At ECP Incorporated, we’re lovers of all things automotive and taking care of our vehicles is a point of pride. The auto detailing and restoration process isn’t one you can easily pick up and much training was required for this, too. In this article, we’re here to suggest a path for those not interested in a traditional college degree and ready to get their hands dirty.
1) Essential education: Graduating from high school or earning your GED is a prerequisite for enrolling in the specialized certificate programs that teach you the ropes when it comes to working on vehicles. Such programs are often offered at vocational schools or county colleges.
2) Specific certification: Industry experts say that earning your National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence shows that you’re qualified to work on vehicles in specific categories such as electrical systems, brakes, engines, transmission and more. ECP Inc reviews show that this is a crucial step in the process toward employment.
3) On-the-job: Starting out in a garage, whether it’s a national chain or locally-owned repair shop, is the best way to hone your skills. Working as a trainee, helper or assistant will give you on-the-job training while watching as complicated tasks are accomplished. While the first tasks you’re entrusted with may be a little like manual labor — think oil changes and tire rotation — the skills you learn here will lead to better-paying roles.