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How to Become an Automotive Technician

Many automotive technicians learn their skills through formal training programs, either in high school, or through a degree program from a vocational or technical college. Professional technical schools, and other two-year colleges offer degree programs in automotive training that combine classroom instruction and hands-on experience, and can last anywhere form six months to two year. Classroom subjects in these programs typically include study of different materials, tools, and equipment, as well as courses in math, computer science, and electronics.

Some employers such as automobile manufacturers and car dealerships will help pay for your tuition at these colleges, or pay for the purchase of tools. Others employers will provide their own training programs. In this type of program you will study in the classroom, and work in the dealer’s shop.

Some automotive technicians go through formal apprenticeship training before becoming and automotive technician. To apply for an apprenticeship you must have at least a high school diploma or GED equivalency, and be at least 18 years old. Apprenticeship programs usually consist of three to five years of on the job training, plus a certain number of classroom hours per year.

When you begin working in the automotive industry you will likely have to do some on the job training in addition to your formal training. Usually an experienced technician will train you as you work as his or her helper, and within a few months you may begin to perform routine service tasks and make simple repairs. Bu you will likely work at this assistant level for the first two to five years on the job.


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