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How to Become a Mechanic: What You Need to Know

Do you Have What it Takes?

If you enjoy working with your hands and are looking for a career that offers a sound future full of job opportunities, then mechanic training from an accredited institution is the right way to go. Receiving a degree from an accredited trade school like the New Castle School of Trades will go a long way toward convincing an employer you have what it takes to be a successful addition to their team.

Our Mechanic Training Programs

NCST offers several exceptional mechanic training programs, including:

An in-Depth look at Training Programs Offered

  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Repair Technology– In this program, some of the skills you’ll acquire include:
    • Installing engine systems
    • Replacing bearings, valves, and pistons
    • Diagnosing engine problems and learning how to disassemble and reassemble engines
    • Lubricating moving parts
    • Test driving for engine diagnostic purposes
  • Automotive Technology– Graduates of this program will become skilled at working with equipment like:
    • Computerized automotive information systems
    • Brake lathes
    • Articulating arm tire machines
  • Other Possible Projects–  Students will be qualified to work on numerous small engine systems in addition to motorcycles, such as:
    • PWCs
    • Dirt bikes
    • Motorboats
    • Snowmobiles
    • ATVs

As you can see, there’s so much to be learned when you get an education from an experienced mechanic school like NCST. No matter which of our in-depth programs you believe is your best fit, the New Castle School of Trades will deliver the skills you need to start opening doors!

Gain Worthwhile Experience

Your next step towards your mechanic career goals includes acquiring real-world experience, which will boost your marketability. While the hands-on instruction you receive at the New Castle School of Trades will give you a solid foundation, securing a worthwhile introductory job out of trade school is essential for your future. Often, beginning mechanics work for vehicle part sellers, automotive dealers, and private companies in assistant mechanic capacities before moving up the ladder as their career unfolds. One of the best things about attending NCST is that as a student you gain access to our job placement assistance services, all of which are designed to boost your market potential and help you secure gainful employment.

Students utilizing our job placement assistance services will benefit through:

  • Resume and cover letter preparation
  • Interview preparation
  • Networking opportunities and more

Additionally, since the New Castle School of Trades has a history of producing qualified graduates, area employers are always seeking out our students. Just look at these extensive employer testimonials!

Attain Licensing and Certification

Once you’ve gotten the kind of mechanic training that will attract employers, and you’ve found the right job for you, the next step you’ll want to consider is attaining licensing and certification. Though this step isn’t required for becoming a mechanic, doing so creates more career opportunities than would be available to you otherwise. For automotive workers, the standard credential many employers look for is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. This certification is comprised of eight distinct focuses:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Trans/Transaxle
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Engine Repair
  • Electrical/Electrical Systems
  • Engine Performance

To attain certification in these specialized areas, mechanics must pass exams of 40-50 questions, and certification renewal is usually required every five years. If you attain all eight ASE certifications, you will be able to claim the status of ASE Master Technician, which is something that will definitely help you as you advance on your career path!

Job Growth

As you continue to refine and hone your skills, you’ll certainly be wondering about the future state of the industry. Well, there’s good news for those with mechanic training because the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that:

  • The number of jobs is expected to rise by 6% from 2016-2026, which will result in an estimated 45,900 new jobs being created.
  • With increased vehicle usage and production, “more entry-level service technicians will be needed to perform basic maintenance repair”
  • Additionally, “job opportunities for qualified candidates should be very good” in regards to those with education and experience
  •  “Those without formal automotive training or certification are likely to face strong competition for entry-level jobs”

As you can see, obtaining the proper skills and education is the difference between competing alongside similar candidates, and standing out from the crowd as a viable resource for a company’s workforce. So the choice is clear – receive your mechanic training from an accredited mechanic trade school and you’ll be well on your way to big things in no time!

Contact Our Exceptional Mechanic School Today

There you have it, how to become a mechanic by acquiring the skills and experience you need to attract employers’ attention. The expert instruction you’ll receive as a student of the New Castle School of Trades will make your mechanic repair work second nature and prepare you for great opportunities for advancement.

If you have any questions about our mechanic training programs, be sure to contact us to speak with a member of our staff at 724-788-4417 or fill out the form on this page.