Those who would like to take up a position in the field of automotive technology should not only exhibit a passion for all things vehicular, but also a knack for learning and mastering technological practices and vocabulary. Often called automotive technicians, professionals in this sector train rigorously in order to assess, diagnose, repair, and maintain a variety of different types of automobiles. Frequently, these technicians can find work with auto repair facilities, improving the quality of cars and trucks that are owned either privately or commercially. Alternatively, automotive technicians can also seek out employment from manufacturing companies or institutions to improve the quality of already produced vehicular products.
In order to properly prepare for automotive technology, those interested in the field should seek out high quality education. This training is available at both the high school and postsecondary level. These educational programs can last anywhere from six months to three full years in order to complete them. No matter the educational pathway, all automotive technicians are generally expected to pass through a process of apprenticeship with more experienced staff , with a focus on practical and on-the-job working experiences. Certification for automotive technicians is not required. However, those who would like to secure a job position with more ease, or who envision themselves escalating through a company via promotions, are highly advised to seek out the proper certification. The NIASE provides for many categories of certification: brake systems, engine repair, suspension and steering, heating and air conditioning, electrical systems, collision repair, and alternative fuels are among the most popular offerings. Each certification area requires two years of work experience in the area in addition to passing the exam; applicants can use their training to supplement for one of the two required experience years. It takes around five years to become fully adept in the field.
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