Finding Work as an Auto Technician

Auto Tech Career SchoolWe are a society driven by cars. Most of those in the United States commute to their jobs by means of their own vehicle. You pile in the car to take a trip together as a family. If you need to run errands, you can hop in your sedan, truck or SUV and get where you need to go. It is because of this demand for vehicles that people are always looking for a mechanic who does what they say they are going to do. High-quality mechanics don’t come around all too often, so being trained in the field is going to help you land a position where you are in high demand.

From changing the oil in cars to swapping out the fuel filter or air filter to testing out the systems and parts to make sure they are properly functioning, an automotive technician plays a major role in making sure drivers are able to stay on the road and get where they need to be. Every day as an auto technician is going to be different. You never know what might come into the shop where you work. It could be that the water pump is leaking or the entire transmission has to be rebuilt. You just never know, so you have to be prepared to handle it all.

Automotive techs often work in automotive accessories, parts and tire stores, gas stations or other small repair facilities. On average, most of those in the field work at an automotive dealership or in the repair and maintenance industry. Unlike a diesel tech, an auto tech will inspect and repair all vehicles, not just ones that have a diesel engine.

In 2012, auto mechanics accounted for more than 701,000 jobs throughout the country. Based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that number is expected to grow by close to 9 percent, which is about average for all other occupations. Since there is an increasing number of people looking for vehicles, the need for entry-level techs who can repair them is going to rise. The problem for a lot of dealerships and repair shops is they are having trouble finding someone who has the right skills and education to get the job done right.

If you have the proper training and skills, you could have a number of doors open for you in the auto repair field. Make sure you get the necessary training to make yourself more desirable to potential employers. Many people are looking for someone who has received training at a post-secondary institution, so you could be setting yourself up for a great future by investing in your education today.

Schneider comes to visit CCS

Kim, one of the field reps for Schneider, came by and spoke to our students here at our Anaheim location. Meeting with a recruiter can give students valuable inside knowledge about the industry and the reality of starting out. She discussed the training program, the pay, and other extra benefits that the company provides. Two of our current students that attended the meeting enjoyed Schneider and felt that they had great things to offer. Our military guys loved that they have a program to use their GI Bill.

The students that went to the recruiter meeting felt as if the training was better than most companies because the trainee drives and the trainer is always with them, not sleeping but training. Most companies will have the trainer and trainee split the drive time, or basically team drive, which they felt did not allow the learner to improve to their full potential. This portion only lasts between 2-3 weeks and the trainer will then discuss what the trainee needs more work in, such as: more time driving in traffic, practice backing up, etc.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, In May 2012, the most occupational employment with heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is in these top 5 states:
Texas: 144,900
California: 122,660
Pennsylvania: 70,980
Florida: 65,410
Ohio: 65,340

BLS also states that, “employment for truck drivers is projected to grow 21% from 2010 to 2020, this is faster than the average for all occupations. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving”.

It is never too late to start a new career path and get your CDL, and with great companies always looking to recruit and expand, it has never been easier.

What Does an Auto Technician Do?

Generally, auto techs are responsible for being able to diagnose those things that go wrong with your vehicle and using the auto-tech-anaheim-caproper tools to repair those issues. Individuals who bear this title are also responsible for performing regular maintenance on the vehicle also. They can do tune-ups and oil changes to make sure the vehicle stays in top condition. They often use a wide array of tools to perform their work, such as jacks, wrenches, computers and pressure gauges.

One of the main part of an auto technician’s job is to diagnose those problems that commonly affect the vehicle. Those who have this title will often look through the owner’s manual to determine what the problem might be with the automobile. A computer system might be used to help diagnose the issue with the car. When the diagnostic test and the description from the customer provide results that aren’t revealing, the tech might take the car for a test drive to figure out what the problem might be.

After determining what the main cause of trouble is for the customer’s vehicle, the tech will generally have to determine the best method for correcting the problem. Often, this involves more than just determining what repairs need to be completed. It also involves determining what parts and tools have to be used to complete the repair. Some techs are considered a jack of all trades in that they are capable of working on any number of different car problems. Other techs are specialists in certain repairs, such as engines, transmissions or air conditioning systems.

Auto techs will often work in a vehicle repair shop. Some will work for larger businesses that handle various repairs, while others work in shops that specialize in one specific repair. Techs that choose to work in smaller shops will need to address a larger amount of problems simply because they are often the only individual in the shop.

Requirements for becoming an auto tech will often depend upon the location where they work and what the employer prefers. Often times, those who are aspiring to work in this field will need their diploma, a certificate and possibly an associate’s degree in auto technology to prepare them to work in the field. In certain instances, individuals might get into the field with nothing more than a high school diploma and an interest in the field, or some degree of experience.

Regardless of where it is that you want to work, you need to make sure you have everything in order beforehand. Training is an integral component to working as an auto tech. No one is going to want you working on their vehicle without the proper training in place, so make sure and get the necessary certification required to prepare you for a career in a fast growing field.

You Don’t Need a 4 Year Degree to Have a Good Paying Job

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that by 2020 the nation could face a shortfall of about 875,000 machinists, welders, industrial-machinery operators and other highly skilled manufacturing professionals. Without trades, we could find ourselves struggling to get a plumber to our house.

lathe-239191_640Kotkin wrote in the OC Register, that many students that have graduated with a 4 year degree are unable to find work. Other majors that are not related to science or engineering, have left graduates to only find part-time work, or to accept a position as a barista or janitor. Kotkin states that people have been put into debt with their student loans, being forced to default on them. Unemployment has soared from 10% to 35% in the college graduate community.

Now is the time to learn a trade and become skilled in it, because 2020 is not too far away! We offer CNC Machining Programs along with Auto Repair – Tune Up and Emissions. Machinists held about 370,000 jobs in 2006 and it has increased substantially in less than 10 years. Here at CCS, we always want you to think about the future and where you want to be when it comes.

Marine Graduates Assist after 3 Car Pileup

On their way back from work , Marines and CCS graduates Mike Muniz, Robert Puga, Dewayne Creary, Marcus Pepper, Thomas Morey, and Scott Reid stopped to help at a three car pileup on the I40 in Oklahoma City.

Our contact at IPS, called us about the incident to let us know that our graduates had stopped to help. “We were just driving,” said Robert Puga, “we had just gotten off work.” It was in the middle of the day and their van was literally the first vehicle on scene, “Just shy of running over that guy,” Robert described. Driver Scott Reid exercised spot-on threshold braking to make sure they avoided the ejected driver. A Dodge truck with a gooseneck had hit a van, flipping it over as the truck also collided with another passenger car.

Robert told us that the van’s driver didn’t seem to have a seatbelt on and launched out of the rear window. “He was non-responsive… his arm was pretty mangled. There was blood.”

All seven Marines busily helped the injured, six of which graduated from our Twentynine Palms and Camp Pendleton schools. “I started helping Michael out… he was already pulling her out,” Robert referred to the woman stuck inside of the overturned van. “Everybody did something, it was just second nature.”

Michael Muniz updated his Facebook that day with this message: “On our [way] back to the hotel from work this afternoon and right in front of us was a 3 car rear end, the van in front of us, the driver was ejected out of the back window, We were in a 15 passenger van and the guy driving our van came 6 feet from running the guy over, he had to slam on the brakes. All 7 us (All former Marines) got out and helped everyone out, it gave me flash backs from deployments being on QRF. Counting my blessings today.”


Albert Follows in his Fathers Footsteps

Albert Sais graduated with his commercial truck driver’s license, proudly sharing with us, “My father was a truck driver.”

The skills yard training was tough. He said, “The clutch would give me trouble along with the parallel parking, but I just listened to [my instructor] and got it down.”

He said that his current plans are to “possibly start for a company that I got a pre-hire from, if not, apply at some jobs back home and put my CDL skills to work.” At this time, he is working with the placement department to see his options.

We asked him what surprised him the most. Albert answered, “The knowledge the instructor has. I was nervous about taking the course and when I saw [my instructor's] teaching skills and ability to teach anyone, I knew I could do it. [...] You get all endorsements, great teaching, flexible, and a smart choice.”

“I just wanted to have something else on my background and to also show my Dad I can do it.”

3 Recruiter Presentations next week!

EMPLOYER PRESENTATION - MarchWe will be having 3 different trucking companies come to our Anaheim school next week! Even if you do not have your CDL yet, feel free to come by and get informaion on what each company has to offer. You always want to do your research before starting a new career. Afterwards we can get you set up to meet with our admissions representative!

All of the recruiters are awesome and have different aspects of the trucking industry. Some are previous drivers, others work in the safety field.. So come to one or come to all!

IPS Recruiter Presentation

IPS presentation

A Recruiter from IPS is coming out to Twentynine Palms on Februay 26, 2014.

Anyone interested in attending this presentation contact our admissions department, even if you do not have your CDL. IPS has hired people before completion of the program and we can help assist you in obtaining your license. We have worked with IPS for many years and have had many graduates work with them.


Student to the Rescue!

During training, a coolant filter ruptured on one our vehicles leaving our students and instructor in the Barstow desert. We called our regular towing and repair company and they said, “[We] can’t get one till the next day.”

“We’re out in the desert,” and, “running out of options.” To top it all off, it was a hot day in July. “I would have had to gotten a tow,” said Pat. So he decided to call recent graduate and soldier Levi Busch. “He just lived five minutes away from where we broke down.”

“I got a call from Pat,” said Levi, “They were stranded by Yermo… grabbed my tools and went out.” Levi drove Pat down to a store on the other side of town and found the filter in question. Levi had the right set of tools and the problem was taken care of in a quick minute. “It’s no problem, I wanted to get the truck working… It’s taking time from the students too.” In a nutshell, he said, “Anytime for Pat!” The vehicle was back in running order and students went on to train with Pat once again.

Pat told us that Levi received the highest DMV score among his classmates during his testing day. We want to share our appreciation with Levi for coming out to help us when our students and our instructor were running out of options. Once again, thanks Levi!

Homeland Security Grad

Walter David Hinds, athlete and hunter, came to California Career School back in October last year. He has a son in Afghanistan and is a graduate of various weapons and training schools.

We asked him, why choose a vocational school? “Honestly,” David expressed, “I needed the permits.” He talked about his weapons training, being an edge weapon instructor, avidly participating in jujitsu and all kinds of other activities. Yet, application after application, employers would press him, “Where’s your permit for pepperspray?” or “Where’s your permit for baton training?” Some employers told him that his concealed carry weapons permit was not valid for the job—that he needed a regular firearms carry permit. That’s how David Hinds stopped by our front door here at California Career School. He earned his firearms permit, pepperspray training permit, baton permit, first aid/CPR permit, and finally his guard card.

“Right now, I’m headed to the gym,” he joked. “Right now, I’m focusing on one job,” David referred to Social Security or any Veteran’s building. “I’ll apply to other different places. I’m a protective agent,” he explained, “that’s what I enjoy.”

So we went on to talk about firearms. He described to me a situation some time ago when he was approached by some individuals out in Moreno Valley and was shot twice in the chest during a robbery. “There’s dangers, so you have to be careful. Good things happen from [guns]—bad things happen from [guns].” When the robbery occurred, he thought, “I didn’t really think anything would ever happen to me.” David expressed that, no matter how prepared you feel to be, there are always threats.

Fast forward to today, after his completion of the Homeland Security and Investigations Course. He talked about the importance of keeping face as a security officer and to use the mind before resorting to force. He said, “Always got to keep sharp. You have to balance it out. You don’t want to be hurting someone for no reason.” Over the course of training, Roland, our course instructor, helped David refine a number of things, one being trigger reset while handling firearms. Another more personal type of focus was David’s left eye dominance, which he had previously been unaware of. Adjustments in firearm grip and technique needed to be made because of this.

“I knew where my strengths and weaknesses [were],” he described. “Roland helped turn my weaknesses into strengths… There’s always room for improvement. I definitely feel improved.”