How to Become a Professional Automotive Technician

How to Become a Professional Automotive Technician


you so you’re thinking about becoming an automotive technician what do you need to do to become what used to be you could walk into your local full service station whatever and ask and you could get a job sweeping floors and eventually changing oil and eventually swap it out transmissions but those days are a part of the past for a lot of reasons mostly because of the technology it requires a certain amount of it requires a certain amount of savvy and a certain amount of knowledge just do a brake job in some cases in my opinion and at least what I did a technical school or college equivalent is your best bet and I say this for two reasons the first reason is because you’re going to get real information you know it should be competent instruction that kind of thing I have no specific school I’m trying to endorse I’m just saying that some automotive program is better than no automotive program the program that I went to last at about 18 months and has served me extremely well I even went so far as to before I even got into school to go to the library and read every book that I could on auto repair and how it all worked out of course they were all 20 years out of date and that was 20 years ago it gave me some idea of the automotive business and how it all worked these days employers of automotive technicians are for the most part looking for competency and the validation that you would get from going to a technical school gives that and that assurance that yes you are indeed an automotive technician there are some technicians out there that don’t possess a whole lot of knowledge but have some tools and and a willingness to do this and in some cases I’ve seen them do more harm good conversely I went to the other side of the spectrum I studied and studied and you know learned everything I could about this and all the ins and outs and everything and when I got my first real job I found out that yeah I had a lot of stuff in my head that was useful but I didn’t have any experience so experience as far as this goes plays a huge huge huge part in becoming a technician you can learn all the principles and theories and stuff that you want but at the end of the day if you can’t turn a wrench you can’t turn a wrench become an automotive engineer if that’s you and I’m not saying all of them but if you’re the engineers don’t turn wrenches because a lot of them do what I’m saying is is that you might be better suited not turning wrenches and doing something else that’s related to that if you if you want to be an automotive technician I would strongly recommend that you do what you can to get whatever ASE certifications you can get there are eight different certifications for the basic automotive section there are others that involve diesel and also engine performance and emissions that are above and beyond what the core eight are can’t think of them all off the top of my head but once you pass all eight certifications or certifications and brakes or certifications and engine there’s certifications and engine performance HVAC suspension manual transmission automatic transmission forgetting something someone will remind me I’m sure if you get at even one of those certifications even if you just got certified in brakes and you went to a brake shop you’re worth more to them because they can put a sign on the door that says that their technicians are ASE certified ASE the automotive service society of engineers are the people who actually back in the day decided to sit down and create a standard for automotive technicians before that it was anybody’s guess you had no credentials you had no anything to say that you were competent at what you were doing whereas ASE has come along and created a standard so if nothing else ASE has created a standard and they’ve been good for that one of the things about going to a technical school is many times you’re in a technical school counts towards those ASE certifications yes there are eight multiple-choice tests that you take in order to or a different multiple-choice test that you take in order to attains ASE certification however the requirement for ASC is that you have two years of real-world like real world experience that you can prove to go along with that test so you could pass the test but you won’t get ASE certified until you’ve got a certain amount of tenure and what they do in order to verify that tenure is they want to make sure that you’ve worked in the automotive world for at least two years technical colleges I went to an 18-month program they gave me one year towards that so all I had to do after I got out of my technical college was to work in the field for a year and then I got my actual ASE certifications here’s my card right here and if you pass all eight you get the certification which is what you get the certification which is master technician and it is engine repair automatic transmission manual drivetrain and axles suspension and steering brakes electrical that’s the one I forgot and heating and air conditioning and engine performance and I am good till December of next year which means I’m going to have to take these tests again every five years you need to get recertified in order to get HVAC certified you’ll need one of these and you need to take a test and prove that you understand how to handle refrigerants had a lot of requests and not too distant past from people saying oh yeah I just charged up my a/c system and it’s not working I can’t tell you how this burns my biscuits that’s not how you go about it I will cover a/c in the future cover a lot of things in fact you guys are definitely gonna keep me busy and I definitely appreciate you watching but the long and the short of becoming an automotive technician is pretty much that in summary go to school find a Technical Program get your ASE certifications do those things and you may not have to look for a job I didn’t I got out of school and within 4 hours I had my choice of several jobs because I had passed by a SES I just hadn’t had the hand had the experience requirement met yet so anybody that would hire me was going to get a ready-made ASE certified technician I didn’t think I became a master technician until like a couple of years after but past couple times the recertification test for ASE are much easier in my opinion than the initial certification test so when you go back in every five years to recertify the tests are not as stringent as they are for the initial testing so I was able to last time just go in and pass all the tests anyway ASE certification of course tools be prepared if you’re an automotive technician that you will be buying tools for the rest of your existence period I mean I showed my toolbox in a video and I’m still buying tools in fact even in that video you see two new new tools that I had bought that day and it’s never going to end so be prepared for that but good tools will help you do the job well faster efficient they would just make your life that much easier lastly I’m going to close with this if you can invest that kind of time and effort into your career make sure that you get something back and what I mean by that is when you’re out there looking for a job look for the benefits a lot of technician jobs do have a lot of great benefits and things like that but they may not kick in for a while but you know really really try to negotiate your future because you worked hard you will work hard to become a competent technician you deserve you deserve a decent salary you deserve a lot of things that you may or may not get there are some shops out there that are really great and take care of their technicians well other shops out there that have different philosophies and different ways of doing things that I don’t think would be as good for a technician that’s starting out so if I were you and you’re starting out I would try to find a place where there’s a lot of room and potential for learning new things because like I said you may think you know something when you get out of school but you don’t know squat until you’re actually they’re turning wrenches for a living two very different things in another video I’m going to talk about what it is to actually be a technician this is a video on how to become a technician I hope it was helpful and I hope you’ve enjoyed the first of the eat ECG one videos which involve something outside of the actual repairs let me know what you think you got a place for comments I know you’re going to tell me anyway but I wish you all well have a great day and always stay dirty see


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