The automotive mechanics’ field in Texas is bigger, as is almost everything else in this sprawling state. If you’re planning to venture into this industry, you may want to consider becoming an automotive service technician. You’re in the right place if your ambition is to join this field, and have no idea where to begin. It could be easier than you think.
Here are the different ways to become an automotive service technician in Texas:
1. Enroll for an ASE-Accredited Program in High School
If you’re young and dreaming of working with cars and trucks, you may enroll in an ASE-accredited automotive program in high school. The program provides a foundational set of skills and knowledge to make it easier to complete a college program successfully.
In some cases, you may start working immediately if you complete the high school program, since it may provide everything you need for the job. You may still want to pursue the job training further in college to keep abreast of the ever-advancing auto-making technology.
2. Attend College Programs
Not everyone knows which career they want to pursue while still in high school. Luckily, Texas has its fair share of post-secondary automotive programs requiring a year or less to complete. These programs admit new high school graduates, and any older student wishing to make a career change. You can earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate’s degree if you choose to study for two years.
College programs also provide the option to choose a specialty when earning a certificate or degree. You could choose to study diesel and truck mechanics or select a manufacturer-specific program if aspiring to work in a dealership. You will find these programs in the community or technical colleges, or at the manufacturers’ training centers.
3. On-The-Job Training
You could also find a mechanic to hire you as an apprentice as an alternative to going to school. This isn’t a common approach, because classes provide the fundamental knowledge needed to learn how to become an automotive service technician in Texas, or anywhere else. As a trainee, you may earn while you train and learn in a mechanic’s shop.
Apprenticeship isn’t as common in automotive mechanics as it is in other fields. You may not find a mechanic willing to spare time to help you learn the ropes and you may still have to go to school for the skills and certificate from the ASE.
We Are Here to Help!
If you’re looking to become an automotive service technician in Texas, you could consider joining us at Southern Careers Institute for comprehensive job training. Our automotive service technician training combines hands-on experience with technical training to prepare our students for skills such as:
- Automatic and Manual Transmissions
- Automotive Engine Repair
- Suspension, Steering, and Braking
- Exhaust and Emissions
- HVAC and Electrical
We also have the experience and professionalism to prepare students to sit for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, so they can transition seamlessly to the job market. If you need more information, please contact us today.
This article was published on: 01/17/22 5:58 AM
* SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI. As an accredited post-secondary institution, SCI has various federal financial assistance programs available for students who qualify and are enrolled in SCI programs. This does not apply to seminar students.