Automotive service technicians and mechanics perform maintenance and repair work on automobiles. They may handle responsibilities such as oil changes, tire rotations, vehicle efficiency checks, or electrical panel repairs. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) grants certification for auto mechanics. Mechanics in larger urban areas have better job opportunities with the certification, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Although certification is not mandatory, automotive repair and maintenance shops prefer certified mechanics. Certification identifies that individuals have demonstrated competency in a specific area, according to the ASE.
Mechanics may become certified in a specific area of automotive work, including electrical systems, engine repair, brake systems, suspension and steering, and heating and air conditioning. To specialize, mechanics should have at least two years of experience in the field and pass an examination. Completion of a formal automotive training program, such as those offered by community colleges, may substitute for one year of experience.
Two years of auto mechanic experience is required for certification, in addition to the ASE test. Candidates must prove their experience on the Work Experience Report Form. Substitutions are granted for students who have had two years of high school training, two years of post-high school training, completion of apprenticeship, or completion of an OEM-Sponsored Cooperative Program.
Becoming certified as an auto mechanic grants several benefits, including pay and better job opportunities. Mechanics who become certified have a competitive edge over their peers.
Promotions to supervisory roles provide another reason to become certified. Certification can lead to shop manager roles, for example. Mechanics seeking to start their own business will have official credentials to market that business.
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