Did you know that automotive technicians enjoy an unemployment rate less than half as much as everyone else?
That’s because automotive technicians are in demand—really high demand, for reasons that we’ll discuss in a moment.
If you’re considering a career in the automotive technician field, this post will help to give you a solid overview of the kinds of education, certificates, and general knowledge that will help you get started. It wouldn’t be a terrible overstatement to claim that this is perhaps the best time since the invention of the automobile to be an automotive technician, though the educational demands are higher than they once were.
Let’s begin by discussing why automotive repair shops are having such a hard time hiring skilled mechanics, and why if you play your cards right, you can get a well paying, secure job in a growing industry.
Why is the Automotive Industry in Such Desperate Need for Trained Automotive Technicians?
Becoming a mechanic today is much different than it was even just a few decades ago. It used to be that all you needed was a high school diploma and a little bit of vocational training to enter the field. Today, the demands on would-be mechanics are much greater, due to the ever-increasing complexity of modern vehicles. This, for those willing to put in the work, isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all.
Modern mechanics must have advanced training. Consider what a car was like in the 1980s compared to today’s vehicles. In just the past 25 years, technologies like advanced turbocharging, new iterations of on-board diagnostics systems, electronic stability control systems, electronic and hybrid vehicles, new powertrain technologies, and many, many more developments haven’t just hit the marketplace—they’ve become commonplace.
An automotive technician today is both mechanic and engineer. Skills of deduction, logic, mathematics, and computer operation are all necessary. A familiarity and comfort with diagnostic tools is just as important as one’s ability to turn a wrench.
The increased complexity of this career in addition to a steadily declining rate of interest from the younger generations has caused a surge in demand, salary, and job security for those dedicated enough to become fully trained professional automotive technicians.
The Career-Boosting Benefits of Industry Leading Education, Training, and Certifications from BG Services, Inc.
Most automotive technicians begin their education with a vocational program, sometimes available at the high school level through programs like the Automotive Youth Education Service (AYES). These programs generally prepare young technicians for entry-level trainee positions. During that time, advancing their education is usually the next step, by studying courses in a variety of disciplines including advanced automotive repair, electronics, chemistry, mathematics, and more.
Unlike many other industries, there are still opportunities for on-the-job learning and training available for beginning automotive technicians, and indeed is often an official part of a formal education program. Trainee technicians usually start out on the job as helpers, lubrication specialists, and assistants for routine service tasks. It generally takes two to five years to become a fully qualified automotive technician.
However, regardless of your level of skill, further education and certifications will only enhance your abilities, job prospects, and expected salary.
For example, BG Products has a training program called BG University that focuses on the importance of vehicle maintenance. The program is designed to educate service technicians not only on how to enhance their own skills, but how to go about educating consumers in a genuinely helpful (yet sales-forward) way. BG University has a top-down approach wherein BGU trainers share their knowledge with BG Professionals, who then train automotive technicians in repair shops and dealerships. The automotive technicians can then pass their knowledge down to the consumer.
BG also has the BG Certified certification program, which has been specifically designed to teach service advisors, parts managers, and automotive technicians everything they need to know regarding BG products, including ethical sales techniques that are, again, designed to educate consumers about the rewards of vehicle maintenance.
Automotive technicians with these training and certification programs under their belt will be equipped to not only provide excellent service to consumers with BG products, but also how to communicate with confidence, credibility, and consistency.
How to Learn More About Advancing Your Career as an Automotive Technician With BG
If you’d like to learn more about either BG Certified or BG University please click the preceding links to do so. If you have any questions about BG, BG products and/or equipment, or how to get started on your career as an automotive technician, please contact us.
In the meantime, take a look at our posts How Successful Automotive Service Shops Train Their Employees and How BG Can Give Your Service Advisors Super Powers, both of which will give you an idea about the value of automotive training and the modern tools available to technicians, both from the perspective of a student as well as a business owner.