The number of automobiles in the U.S. continues to increase, creating demand for vehicle repair and maintenance work. Vehicle repair technicians and mechanics may acquire both formal and on-the-job training to work in this field. Read on to learn about training and career options.
Inside Vehicle Repair and Maintenance
Vehicle repair and maintenance professionals diagnose and fix problems with a vehicle’s engine, brakes, body or electrical components. Possible job titles may include automotive service technician, heavy equipment mechanic or collision repair technician.
Automotive service and heavy equipment mechanics use screwdrivers, hammers, lathes, welding equipment and power tools to repair engines, brake parts, belts and steering systems. Collision repair specialists use pry bars, pick hammers, plasma cutters and soldering equipment to restore the frames of damaged vehicles. In some auto repair shops, technicians may have a particular specialty, like air conditioning systems or glass installation.