Becoming A Mechanic
So you’ve decided it’s better to teach a man to fish than it is to give him one. Rather than go to service garages, you’re going to take up the art of being a mechanic and do it all yourself. It will take a lot of work, but you too can learn the skills and techniques required to become a mechanic. Gary’s is here to help!
There are different types of mechanics. From large aircraft to lawnmowers and everything in between, different types of mechanics specialize in different areas. We’re going to assume if you’re reading a blog on a car service website you’re interested in cars, so we’ll look at what it takes to become an automotive mechanic.
In order to get started on the path to becoming a mechanic, you’ll need to start with some basic schooling. This can be done traditionally through a trades school or via alternative methods. Through a post secondary establishment, you will cover the broad spectrum of vehicle repair. This can help give you a better idea of what you really enjoy, should you wish to narrow down the field into a specialty after your coursework is done. Once you’ve completed your coursework, it will be time for on the job training, since there’s only so much you can learn in a classroom.
There may be programs in place during your schooling that will allow you to apprentice with an establish mechanic. This would be a great way to gain valuable experience all while getting paid. When you’ve finished your schooling, you’ll be required to spend an amount of time as an entry level trainee or other kind of beginner. After you’ve met the requirements for the amount of time spent at an entry level or apprentice position, you’ll be able to move on.
Licensing, Certifications, and Costs
Once you’ve graduated a feel comfortable around cars, you’ll want to look into joining up with some of Canada’s top automotive associations. These associations make it easier to connect with other industry professionals and to be recognized for your work. You’ll be more likely to find meaningful employment if you’ve gone through the steps to become a licensed mechanic.
Once you have all the formal education under your belt. It’s time to get started. The most important thing a mechanic needs is tools. Here’s a number for you right off the bat – $50,000. That’s a recommended budget for a full set of quality mechanics tools. Keep in mind, you won’t go out to the tool store and walk out with a $50,000 bill on a saturday afternoon. Your tool collection should be one that is built over time, as you need parts. There are also options for tool grants that you can earn during post secondary education that can help offset the initial cost of tools. Once you have everything you need, it’s just a matter of finding the right garage.
Wouldn’t it be great if the right garage was hiring? Gary’s Automotive is! If you think you’ve got what it takes to service a wide range of makes and models then fill out our application form HERE.