Auto mechanics make the repairs and provide maintenance for cars and trucks. The general qualities that their work requires include dexterity, problem-solving ability and interest in being up-to-date with the specific technology. Classic cars used to require mechanical repairs, while modern cars have electronic and digital systems that mechanics must keep up with.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 14 000 Aurora auto mechanics working for repair shops, tire and parts shops, dealers, car rental locations etc., and 15% are self-employed. Employment opportunities are expected to grow by almost 5% in the years to come which is a good perspective for auto mechanics.
Education and earnings
Seven schools in Aurora offer a post-secondary certificate for those who already have a high school diploma and keep studying to become auto mechanics. Prospective auto mechanics should be passionate about fixing things and especially cars, proving good communication skills, good time-keeping skills and focus on customer service.
In Colorado, these auto repair Aurora CO technicians earn $17 hourly (about $35 000 annually), which represents more than the average national earnings in this business.
Besides repairing different vehicles, auto mechanics may also specialize in the transmission system and virtually on any part of the vehicle including engine-cooling system, heating and air conditioning, the electrical system, blowers and pumps etc.. Most of them have supervisors, they must follow checklists and examine critical parts, so they need to be detail-oriented, they are required to test repaired systems or adjust them until they meet the performance specifications. Auto mechanics must be dexterous and fit considering that they are required every day to make a wide range of movements to accomplish their work, from handling heavy, clunky parts to using tiny screws and bolts.
They must have reading, math and computer skills, be able to stay organized, be thorough, use technical manuals and charts and, of course, have personal integrity.
Certifications obtained from the National Institute of Automotive Excellence are the standard in this business, increasing job options and payment. They include:
- Service Consultant
- Engine Repair
- Suspension and Steering
Automobile Parts Specialist
Truck Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist
Medium/Heavy Truck Dealership Parts Specialist
Master Transit Bus Technician:
Transit Bus Technician
- Electrical/Electronic Systems
Undercar Specialist: Exhaust Systems
Collision Repair and Refinish
- Painting and Refinishing Technician
- Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
- Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
- Mechanical and Electrical Components
Truck Equipment Specialist
- Installation and Repair
- Electrical/Electronic Systems
- Auxiliary Power Systems
Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
Considering that technologies evolve fast in this business, auto mechanics must keep up with them. They can follow courses focused on particular new features and being willing to continue learning throughout their entire career. Advancements in this career are possible and depend on a person’s skills and experience. An auto mechanic can become a supervisor, a shop service manager and even a shop owner if the person has a good business sense.