Ever wonder what it takes to be a professional car mechanic? First, you need to be passionate about cars, live and breathe them. And to be a mechanic at our Cincinnati shop, you need to be specialized in European vehicles, particularly Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes, Land Rovers, and VWs. And you also have to be trained and certified. Let’s take a look at what that involves.
Most entry level mechanics have already earned a post secondary award such as a certificate or associate’s degree. But even after that 2 year program, it can take as many as 5 additional years to be fully qualified. And yes, mechanics have to take continual education programs. Car technology is continually evolving, especially these days. You really never finish learning, no matter how long you’ve been out of school.
Certification & Apprenticeship
Once you’ve obtained your certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), you typically start your employer training. Granted, schooling is an important part of the training, but it’s really just the foundation. The real learning happens with a wrench in your hand and dirt under your fingernails. You can’t learn this stuff from a book. You’ll need to get dirty and swear a lot.
How to Become a Master Mechanic
Eventually you can become a Master Mechanic by earning certifications from all eight automotive specialty areas offered by the ASE. Many of our mechanics are master mechanics. At European Auto Specialists, we have over 60 years of combined experience repairing European vehicles. Service, training, and experience are the traits we look for when hiring mechanics.