In most cases, auto mechanics repair and maintain cars, trucks, vans, and other vehicles. Qualified auto mechanics may work in repair shops, garages, car dealerships, or maintaining fleet vehicles. A successful career as an automotive technician requires a person who enjoys working with his or her hands, as well as someone who likes working with cars and engines.
Some mechanics choose to specialize, working only on a certain type of vehicle, such as motor cycles, heavy equipment, or imports. Others prefer to specialize on a particular type of repair, such as transmission or brake work.
Vermont Auto Mechanic Schools
The state of Vermont has a single school for students interested in pursuing a degree in automotive technology:
- Vermont Technical College: Located in Randolph Center, Vermont Technical College provides two Transportation Technology degree programs. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Automotive Technology offers students both classroom and hands-on training, as well as real-world experience that prepares graduates to work on any type of vehicle. An AAS degree in Diesel Power Technology helps prepare graduates to work on heavy equipment, large trucks, and agricultural vehicles in a course that includes training in small business management.
What to Expect from Vermont Auto Mechanic Programs
Students in automotive technology programs can expect to study the eight basic principles of auto repair:
- Drive train and axles
- Automatic transmission/transaxle
- Engine repair
- Engine performance
- Electrical/electronic systems
- Steering and suspension
- Heating and air conditioning
Vehicles today have complex computer and electronic systems. Automotive technology students learn how to use this data to diagnose mechanical issues, and then design and implement a repair strategy. Along with classroom-based lessons, most programs include a hands-on training component, giving students the chance to work on actual vehicles or automotive systems.
Vermont Auto Mechanic Licensing and Certification
The state of Vermont does not require auto mechanics to obtain a special license. However, Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification may help boost your resume as well as your earning power. In addition, some shops require ASE Certification.
The EPA requires certification in the proper handling of refrigerants for mechanics working with this substance, such as air conditioning repair technicians.
Resources for Auto Mechanics in Vermont
- ASE offers free practice tests and registration for ASE Certification.
- The EPA offers information and tests on Stationary Refrigeration Certification.