Here are some common questions people ask when thinking about going in the field. Do I need a degree? Do I need to go to school? The answer is no! By attending school or additional training it will give you the leverage over another person who didn’t. By going to school you will have the option to get ASE certified in specific areas. You can also earn your associates degree in school. Ohio Technical College, Universal Technical Institute, and Wyo Tech are some of the top automotive and diesel schools in the country.
Once you get your foot in the door and start working at a company you are going to want to absorb and learn from all the technicians. By being productive as possibly will earn you more money, especially if you are working flat-rate. Plan on it taking 5 years in the field to become a master technician. Becoming a master technician you will not only have to have years of experience in the field but pass all of your ASE tests including: automotive transmission/transaxle, heating and air-conditioning, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance and engine repair. Once these are completed you will be consider an ASE MASTER Technician.
What is the pay for being a technician? The pay can very from state and the specific work you are doing. The low for a technician is $35,000 a year while the high is $60,000. If you are planning on going into this field just make sure you are 100% sure. Lots of money is invested in tools and schooling.
Final Note. They are always going to make more vehicles. The U.S. will always develop more technology. As long as this stays true there will always be a demand for technicians. Many employees are looking for educated students who can grow with there company. This is why learning all principles of automotive or diesel is vital to your success.
The number of vehicles in the U.S. is expected to rise, which should result in the need for more technicians. As vehicles last longer, there will be an demand for basic repair. A large number of openings are going to occur in automotive dealerships and independent repair shops because everyone needs a car for transportation. Having an education will give you a slight edge. One thing to take home with you. Learn everything about computer systems, electrical systems, and alternative fuels because that is the future. Stay tune for more. Contact me with any questions.