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How to Become an Auto Repair Technician

Do you think you want to become an automotive technician? Do you know what it takes to be a mechanic? The automotive service industry is full of talented mechanics who enjoy working on cars and problem-solving. Let’s take a look at three common indicators of success that you can use to guide you on your path to automotive technician training.

Have a Passion for Cars

There are many reasons why car enthusiasts and automotive technicians love cars. They are powerful and practical. Cars are painstakingly designed and tested for their aerodynamic and safety qualities. And cars give you the freedom to go where you want to go. Some automotive technicians developed a passion for cars at a young age, while others grew to love cars over time. No matter how your passion for cars started, you can harness that inspiration to pursue a future doing what you love as a car technician.


Enjoy Hands-On Work

Do you enjoy assembling parts and tinkering with machinery? You’re not alone! Many automotive technicians practiced disassembling toys as children or learned about vehicles by taking the initiative to look under the hood of a car. One thing automotive technicians have in common is their aptitude for hands-on work. Car technicians often work in bustling garages or service departments instead of sitting behind a desk. Enjoyment for hands-on work is helpful for individuals who aspire to become technicians.

Related: What Skills Do I Need to Become a Mechanic?

Seek Vocational or Technical Training

A passion for cars and hands-on work can take you far. But why is vocational school needed? It’s important to gain fundamental automotive skills that can set you up for success in the field. At Apex, the Automotive Service & Repair program offers students the opportunity to learn about auto theory in the classroom and put their knowledge to use by working on cars in the shop.

This preparation can make a difference when students enter the field to pursue an entry-level position in the industry. Apex students get a total of 900 hours of theory and hands-on practice that they can use on the job. If you’re interested in how automotive service training can help you achieve your goals, learn more about our program today.


*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.