On average, auto mechanics earn much less than other technical trades, such as plumbers and HVAC technicians. But perhaps that trend relates to the degree of sexiness: Heating vents just can’t compare to working on a Mustang.
If you relish a chance to replace your own brakes, or an opportunity to get your hands on a computerized engine analyzer, you might have the gift — a passion for working on cars. If so, there are a few tricks of the trade to keep in mind.
Working toward an Automotive Service Excellence certification — in at least three specific skills — is essential for any working mechanic. If you go the trade school or community college route, make sure they provide ASE certification upon graduation.
It’s also imperative to get yourself near the car lifts as much as possible. A good strategy is to identify every legitimate, independently owned auto repair shop. Landing an internship, low-paid work or a B-tech (junior-level) position, at one of these shops is key to getting experience.