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Updated on March 28, 2010

A Fascinating Line Of Work

Today's auto mechanic is not just a mechanic, they are auto technicians. The term "auto mechanic" was not changed to "auto technician" simply to glorify the name and make the position seem more important, it was changed because the work is more important and require more specific training. An auto technician's work is fascinating because the autos that they repair today are more advanced technical machines than the older ones were.  

Today it is almost impossible to get a job as an auto technician without the specific training that you need to do the job. You really need to aquire a degree in auto repair from a junior college or a trade school. If you are lucky or know someone that owns a repair shop, they might give you "own the job" training. Once you aquire your degree or training, you will find that landing a job in your field is relatively easy. 

There are a large number of opportunities available to a person with a degree in auto repair. If you are an entrepreneur, after maybe a few years of experience in the industry, you can start your own auto repair business. This is exactly what I did. There is a ton of money to be made working in dealerships. I read somewhere that dealerships in the state of New Jersey were bidding on auto technicians just a few years ago. This is because of the shortage of technicians in the field. The professional auto sports industry is always looking for technicians. Some technicians run a "call for service" business from their specially equipped trucks. I can go on and on about the various opportunities available for a technician with a degree and training in auto repair, but you get the picture. With all the different type of grants available for school today, now is the time to get your hands dirty.    

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