Students of trade schools can use a certificate or advanced degree in the automobile and motorcycle industry as well. One such concentration within the industry is the traditional auto mechanic. The mechanic can be knowledgeable in a variety of automobile makes and models or in a specific area or in a specific make of automobile. The same goes for mechanics in the motorcycle industry. Each form of transportation requires extremely skilled and trained individuals to diagnose issues accurately and quickly. Students with a passion for cars, trucks and motorcycles can pursue engineering degrees at higher level institutes to expand on the basic concepts and excel in production, fabrication, innovation and design. The multitude of career options within the car and motorcycle industry is constantly growing.
The basic preventative care of vehicles with routine maintenance is the foundation of a mechanic’s work. Mechanics are essential ‘doctors of vehicles’, they provide the best known information, but it is ultimately the owners decision on what services to perform. The rapid advancement in technology has enhanced the responsibilities of a mechanic or engineers role. A new technology can be the reason for a racecars success or the failure of an entire production line. The integral machined, computer and electrical systems in foreign and domestic vehicles requires mechanics to have a broad understanding of math, science and physics.
Automobile industries are in a constant competitive battle for being leaders in technology, status, luxury, practicality and dependability. All factors depend on the affordability, target market, the ease of repair and the overall standing of the manufacturer. Students of a certificate or degree program will learn the intricate balance of cost effective, repairs, preventative maintenance, diagnostics, the core fundamentals of the engine and electrical systems to name a few.
Students can supplement their education by obtaining additional certifications from The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and ASE. The two credential granting examinations are responsible for evaluating technician training programs in compliance with standards developed by the automotive industry. NATEF certifies programs in four different categories: automotive, auto body, trucks (diesel technology) and alternative fuels. Mechanics that choose to be ASE certified, are more likely to be employed with specific companies and/or advance in promotion faster that professionals without the certified knowledge of a standardized skill.