A mechanic is a person, not a business, who uses specialized tools to construct, repair, or upgrade machinery. Although the term “mechanic” can also apply to carpenters, woodworkers, plumbers, and electricians, it is normally used to describe a maker of machines. There are many different types of mechanics and each one has its own specific task or role in the business. All mechanics have certain characteristics that make them unique.
One of the most important factors in determining a mechanic‘s job outlook is his education. The majority of mechanics have some sort of technical training and experience in a trade such as automobile repair. Those who are in school or who have recently obtained an advanced degree in a technical field such as mechanics have a leg up on newer, more inexperienced mechanics. In today’s economy, many older workers with some sort of vocational training are looking for ways to supplement their income or increase their hours. Often times these “mechanic” type positions are filling by the thousands every month as students return to school, find better paying employment, and/or enter the job market after school breaks.
As far as education is concerned, most automotive service technicians begin their training by earning a high school diploma. This type of education is necessary for getting entry level jobs in many industries including automotive service. Many automotive service technicians complete a two-year technical school or an apprenticeship program, which can take four years depending on the particular trade. The majority of technical schools offer job placement assistance after graduates complete their schooling, so graduates should look into a number of technical schools in their area as a way to get their foot in the door of the automotive service industry.