There are dozens - perhaps hundreds - of individual competencies required to be an auto mechanic. In short, an auto mechanic should be able to diagnose, disassemble, measure, compare to specifications, replace needed parts, and reassemble an entire automobile. This includes performing these services on all subsystems of the automobile including engines, transmissions, axles, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), steering, brakes, suspension and electrical. This does not include body work such as body repair, frame straightening or painting as these services are performed by auto body mechanics.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has divided these competencies into 8 general categories. Their website at WWW.ASE.COM lists them all and has study materials which include sample test questions to show the aspiring mechanic what is needed in each category. These categories are:
Base competencies for each category would include:
Some of these tasks are performed by speciality shops. For example, most mechanics do not rebuild engines or transmissions. They remove them, send them to a speciality shop to be rebuilt, and install a rebuilt engine or transmission. Alignments are also usually sublet to speciality shops due to the cost of alignment equipment.
It is the employer that ultimately determines what his mechanics must be able to do. With the complexity of today's vehicles, few shops can afford all of the equipment needed to perform all diagnosis and repairs on all systems. Those that can usually have dedicated mechanics in the shop that do speciality repairs only.
If you want to become a mechanic, there is no better place to start than enrolling at a technical college with a good automotive program. They have all of the latest equipment and instructors trained by auto manufacturers to make sure that graduates have the qualifications needed to get a job.
"An auto mechanic" is correct, and "a auto mechanic" is not. "Auto" begins with a vowel - typically, these will be preceded by "an" rather than "a".
enviroment for auto mechanic?
North American Trade School is a good place to start your search for becoming an auto mechanic if you live on the East Coast. North American Trade School has 3 campuses in Maryland.
An auto mechanic is a mechanic which specializes in auto repair and repair focused on cars and motorized vehicles. I believe you are meaning a car mechanic also.
No, you do not have to be a boy to be an auto mechanic. Women can also become auto mechanics.
training required for auto mechanic
An auto mechanic repairs cars. Usually the drive-train, brakes, and engine.
You can save a lot of money by becoming your own auto mechanic. You can get training at a vocational school like ITT Technical University and the Universal Technical Institute. You can also study at a garage, by asking knowledgeable or handy friends, and by attending community automotive classes.
Yes, auto mechanics does have to finish schooling to be a licensed auto mechanic. You don't have to have schooling to work as a mechanic but if something goes wrong with someone's car then you would be liable like a licensed mechanic.
Some credible and affordable auto mechanic schools may be found in your area, as well as online and one popular institute is Universal Technical Institute, and most Technical schools should offer classes in auto mechanic. If you visit http://www.directoryofschools.com/auto-mechanic-school.htm or http://www.automechanicschools.com/ you can search for a nearby auto mechanic school in your state.
Ken Wright - auto racing mechanic - was born in 1940.