How can i become and autobody tech and mechanic?

So i plan on going to technical school next year to become a autobody tech. I also want to become a master mechanic eventually so i can open up my own shop one day. How should i go about making my dreams come true.

4 Answers

  • 7 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Because automotive technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, some employers prefer service technicians who have completed a formal training program in a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.


    High school courses in automotive repair, electronics, computers, mathematics, and English provide a good background for prospective service technicians. However, high school graduates often need further training to become fully qualified.

    Completing a vocational or other postsecondary training program in automotive service technology is considered the best preparation for entry-level positions. Programs usually last 6 months to a year and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Short-term certificate programs in a particular skill are also available.

    Some service technicians get a 2-year associate’s degree. Courses usually include basic mathematics, computers, electronics, and automotive repair. Some programs have recently added classes in customer service, English, and other necessary skills.

    Various automobile manufacturers and dealers sponsor 2-year associate’s degree programs. Students in these programs typically spend alternating periods attending classes full time and working full time in service shops under the guidance of an experienced technician.

    Important Qualities

    Customer-service skills. Service technicians must discuss automotive problems—along with options to fix them—with their customers. Because self-employed workers depend on repeat clients for business, they must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

    Detail oriented. Mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments or other easy-to-miss reasons. Service mechanics must, therefore, account for such details when inspecting or repairing engines and components.

    Dexterity. Many tasks that service technicians do, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, and using handtools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

    Mechanical skills. Service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They must often take apart major parts for repairs and be able to put them back together properly.

    Technical skills. Service technicians use sophisticated diagnostic equipment on engines, systems, and components. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

    Troubleshooting skills. Service technicians must be able to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems.

  • kervin
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    A mechanic makes far more than an autobody tech. Go to institution after which discover a job in a dealership. Take all eight certification checks after which get your master certification. They take advantage of money. Specialise in drivability/computer problems due to the fact that that's the long run. Every method shall be computerized. Autobody techs get paid much less due to the fact the coverage companies usually tell the stores how so much they'll pay them. So the low charges get pushed again to the tech. Plus, autobody techs have a very high burnout fee. It's a particularly dirty job with tons of bodily labor.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    You can always start at a trade school like Automotive Training Center or UTI. They both cost a ton of money though and most people you speak to will tell you it was a waste of money. The best way to get to the point of being a good mechanic is to just find someone who is willing to take you under their wing and teach you the tricks of the trade. Trade schools will teach you the book side of stuff, but when you hit the real world most of it is useless!

    Good luck!

    Oh and just a little info...I have been in the industry for about 12 years now anbd graduated top of my class from Automotive Training Center. And yes it was a waste of 30k...I would of learned just as much and more in 6 months of actually just jumping into a shop and getting my hands dirty.

  • ME
    Lv 7
    7 years ago


Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.