Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Job Description video

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Like nearly every other professional today, automotive technicians need to be comfortable with computer-based equipment. Today's cars are more computerized than ever. But it will be a long time before a computer can listen to an engine or an exhaust system and know instantly what adjustments need to be made to which components. Yet that's precisely the kind of thing an experienced and skilled technician can do. Major car makers and their dealers sponsor two-year associate degree programs at more than 100 community colleges across the country. High schools and trade schools have programs as well. Certainly, the more education you can get, the better. But you'll learn most of what you need to know on the job, working under an experienced mechanic. This is a job for men and women who don't mind getting their hands dirty and who truly love working on cars. Experienced technicians can work anywhere in the country. And, if you have a head for business, you can end up owning your own highly profitable garage or gas station. The key thing to remember is this: customers don't keep coming back to a technician because of the degrees and program certificates displayed on the wall. They return because the technician is really good! If you're good, and if you love the work, a job as an automotive technician can be a truly wonderful experience.

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