Prepare for one of the hottest careers around. Learn to diagnose, repair and maintain automobiles and light trucks, as well as repair body damage. As an Automotive professional, you will need the skills to accurately diagnose the source of a problem as well as come up with solutions to fix or repair it, while demonstrating quality workmanship. If you have an interest in a particular area, larger repair or collision shops often employ specialized mechanics and technicians.
Two separate pathways exist — automotive technology or collision repair. The automotive technology option has areas of specialization, including air conditioning; drivability/emissions; front-end; brakes and alignment; transmission; and heavy-line mechanics. For the collision repair option, the focus is on dent and paintless dent removal; painting, coating and refinishing; and metal repair and alignment.
You may find employment in car dealerships, independent collision repair shops and garages, private companies, government agencies or you may choose self-employment.