If you enjoy working with your hands and have an interest in working with cars or motorcycles, perhaps a career path that’s right for you would be becoming a mechanic.
Not only does a mechanic career involve physical work on a vehicle, it also includes many different aspects that many may not initially foresee, including:
- Customer Service Expertise – If you’re planning on working in an auto shop, being able to communicate to a customer in layman’s terms about their vehicle and the exact repairs and improvements you’ll be making is vital.
- Computer Software Knowledge – Some mechanic career paths may require using diagnosis software to figure out what is wrong with a vehicle, thus basic knowledge of various computer programs may be required.
An additional factor that is becoming more and more favorable for employers looking to hire new mechanics is applicants having a formal education background. Students who complete one of our vocational school mechanics programs have received proper education on the fundamentals of being a mechanic.
Choosing from Our Wide Range of Mechanics Programs
Becoming a mechanic requires more skill than just knowing what to do when you pop the hood of a car. There are many aspects of being a mechanic that our students can choose to learn about in one of our four accredited programs.
These vocational school mechanics programs include:
1. Automotive Mechanics
One way that students can start shaping their professional futures in a mechanic field is by enrolling in our automotive technology program. Given that cars and trucks are essential for transportation and shipping, being able to maintain these vehicles will allow for valuable career prospects.
Not only will you become more familiar with the ins and outs of these cars and trucks, you’ll also be able to diagnose problems that may occur and determine the right option for fixing them.
Additionally, within our program you’ll become familiar with specialized equipment used for vehicles on a daily basis, such as:
- Computerized wheel balancers
- Articulating arm tire machines
- Exhaust gas analyzers
Once you’ve graduated from our 60-week program, you will receive your Associate Degree in Specialized Technology and have the skills needed to be well on your way to a thriving career in automotive mechanics.
For more information on our automotive mechanics programs, such as open enrollment dates, reach out to us today.
2. Diesel Mechanics
If you choose to partake in our Diesel Mechanics program, you’ll learn how to diagnose, maintain and repair diesel engines. During this 60-week program, you’ll acquire a variety of mechanical and technical skills that include, but aren’t limited to, the following:
- Installing ignition systems
- Test driving vehicles to diagnose equipment problems
- Replacing transmissions and associated parts
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with these skills, you’ll be able to perform work on semi-tractors, diesel-powered cars, heavy construction equipment and more. Given the wide variety of vehicles you could potentially interact with daily, your career path could lead to many different places!
For specific course information or to learn how to enroll in our diesel mechanics program, contact our team today.
3. Heavy Equipment Repair
For students interested in operating and repairing heavy machinery, our heavy equipment training program would be a great way to develop your skills and start your career. This formal training allows students to begin jobs working on houses, roads, buildings, bridges and more.
When you register for this program, you’ll master how to operate industrial-grade and commercial vehicles safely. These skills will be used while working with equipment such as:
- Dump trucks
- Tractor trailers
Our 33-week program also requires that students pass the class A commercial driver’s license exam, which can potentially give students applying for jobs a favorable view from employers.
Do you have questions about our heavy equipment repair program? Let us know today!
4. Motorcycle Mechanics
Our motorcycle mechanics program is for students who are interested in learning the ins and outs of small engine repair. Once students have completed this program, they’ll be qualified to diagnose, troubleshoot, disassemble and repair the engines of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and more!
Going beyond just the engine, students will also become familiar with other major essential components, such as the ignition system, hydraulics and the transmission system.
It’s additionally worth noting that students who choose this program will be working with more than just motorcycles. Other equipment you’ll learn about in a hands-on way include:
- Dirt bikes
- Personal watercraft (PWCs)
- Tools and outdoor equipment
Additionally, NCST takes it one step further and teaches our students about practical, real-world skills in courses such as:
- Technical and applied math
- Customer service
- Job search and personal finance
If you’d like to learn more information about this program or need help enrolling, please get in touch with our team today.
Enroll in a Future with Promising Job Growth
By enrolling in one of our four accredited mechanics programs, students are setting themselves up for success, not only by doing what they love, but by earning an education within a field of promising growth.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 5% from 2014 to 2024.
- With a need for more entry-level jobs, employers are still preferring to hire mechanics with a formal education over those without a formal education.
- As a matter of fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics clearly states: “Of these workers, those who have completed formal postsecondary training programs or achieved ASE certification should enjoy the best job prospects.”
Regardless of which program you choose from NCST, earning your education in this field can certainly prove to be beneficial in the long-run.
Want to Learn More About Our Programs? Let Us Know!
The mechanics programs we offer at our trade school will give students a hands-on education, building experience and familiarity with the equipment that they may be working with on a daily basis.
To get answers to any of your questions or to just learn more in-depth information, contact us today because we’d be happy to help!