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Auto Maintenance/Repair School

Because almost all car break down problems are now electronics-related, the world of automotive mechanics has become a high-tech zone.

From alternate fuel systems to global positioning systems, the automobile is undergoing enormous changes. As computers are increasingly being used to run cars, technicians must combine knowledge of complex components with the skills to use computer-based diagnostic equipment.

No wonder, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers consider a training program in automotive repair a standard qualification for a trainee position.

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Formal training programs can give students the knowledge employers now expect. Automotive maintenance and repair courses feature a practical combination of both classroom and hands-on instruction, and students are able to leave their courses fully prepared for the responsibilities of employment.

A range of programs is available. Many technical schools have certificate courses that vary in length from 6 months to one year. For community college courses, certification comes in the form of a two-year associate's degree. At this level, training can involve instruction in computers and other subjects to provide superior preparation for the job market.

Students can also study with the help of future potential employers, maximizing job prospects. Many post-secondary schools offer programs in automotive repair that are sponsored by manufacturers and their dealers, and students compliment classroom time with an equal proportion of hands-on work in sponsoring dealer's service departments. In some cases, dealerships will even contribute to tuition fees and the cost of tools.

With a strong emphasis in the field of auto maintenance on technological progress, the safest bet for secure employment is to acquire skills in advance of hitting the job market.




U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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