How do you become a mechanic?


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As of 2014, the first step to becoming a mechanic is to complete a certificate or degree program at an automotive school. Next, gain on-the-job experience, and finally meet certification and licensing requirements.

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  1. Prepare yourself to become a mechanic

    Familiarize yourself with different automotive parts and how they work to make getting through school easier. Work on your communication skills, because customer relations are an important part of being a mechanic.

  2. Acquire a certificate or degree

    Enroll for a short-term certificate program. Alternatively, apply for a special associate’s degree program at an auto-mechanic school. A sound educational background improves your chances of becoming a mechanic.

  3. Gain work experience

    Apply for an entry-level trainee position at an automotive company. You need two to five years of on-the-job training to become a fully-qualified service technician or senior mechanic.

  4. Meet certification and licensing requirements

    Get certified through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence by passing an exam. Some areas of specialization include manual drive train and axles, heating and air-conditioning, as well as automotive transmission and other niche mechanical fields.

  5. Advance in your career

    Continue with your education and training to advance in your career. Stay up-to-date with advances in the automotive industry. Maintain good practices to retain your certification.

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