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How will education help?

So you want to be an auto mechanic?????

So you want to be an auto-mechanic and think you do not need any of this education stuff to help. Well let's show you how important, what you are learning, actually will help your future choice.

What education do I need to be a mechanic?

Required Education High school diploma plus formal mechanic training

Certification Options National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification is standard

Projected Job Growth (2012-2022)*9%

Average Salary (2013)*$39,450

You must have a high school diploma plus training from a school like So after high school you still must attend a technical school. Most programs are 45-51 weeks and you must attend daily and PASS all requirements. So you have to learn and study and pass the test. The certificate test is a pencil and paper test, not just practical learning.

How to Become a Professional Automotive Technician

Do I need Math to be an auto-mechanic?

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There is a lot of math needed. More then I expected when I first got into the trade a few years ago. I was never good at math, but I delt with it and taugh myself what I needed. A lot of what you will need to know is measurements and conversions (CI to CC to L, Metric to Imperial, ect). Most of the math is simple math, but some of it can get quite complicated at times. I hardly ever use a calculator but I do keep a nice one in my tool box for thoes situations where I'm missing someting, or having to do long equations. Mechanics and the automotive trade seems like turning wrenches and making noise, but a lot of it now is math, or numbers. Vehicles are being built with more and more computers, and with more computer and electroncis come more calculations, sometimes you have to calculate a resistance or other value of a componant where the resistance or value is not listed by the manufacture, it doen't happen often, but every so often it happens. Math is used in everything from tightening bolts (some have to be done in a certin order and do need to be torqued and then be tightened a certin angle or retorqued tighter after the initial torquing), measuring and reading measureing instruments (not all are easy, some you have to count and add to an initial reading to get the correct reading, like a micrometer). Math is even used in finding tire sizes for altering tire sizes but keeping the same overall diameter and width, but changing the profile (moreso custom work, and there are programs that will do the calculations, but its still good to know how to do it long hand). Doing alignments also involve math, you have to know angles, and how to read them properly to make sure the steering/suspention componants are not damaged causing the alignment to go out.

You need a lot of measurements (screw sizes and such), plus figuring out how to adjust a carborater if you rebuild one.
In addition, you may have to learn how to order parts and such which also requires math.

Even if you never actually have to use algerbra again, it's a good thing for you to take (teaches you how to think in another way).


Look at all the math needed alone for being a mechanic, also LA. I mean look at the spelling alone in the above answers.