When I was still in high school I recall tinkering with my first cars. It was a rewarding creative and intellectual pursuit that has turned into a lifelong career. But I can also remember names like greasemonkey or motorhead that weren’t necessarily so complimentary of my drive to learn everything I could about auto safety and repair.
Today, however, things have changed quite a bit. Automotive repair technicians today are highly trained professionals. These professionals have studied a rigorous course of technological and mechanical curricula. Computer skills have become as necessary as being able to know the difference between metric and standard gauged bolts.
Myself and all of the technicians at Friendly’s Auto and Body are certified by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This body provides course outlines and text material for people interested in becoming a certified automotive repair technician.
In fact, I am also an instructor. My way of implementing the ASE curriculum has helped me guide many students into their technical careers. The ASE quotes US Department of Labor statistics which indicate that the “automotive repair and maintenance industry is expected to add 237,500 new jobs and have a 30 percent growth rate through 2020, making technicians one of the top 20 jobs with relatively high median earnings and the potential for significant job openings over the next decade.”
If you are interested in studying, please feel free to contact me at any time.
If you just wanted to know more, you can read the article Don’t Overlook Automotive Technology as a High-Tech Career Path at the ASE website.