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An auto mechanic (or car mechanic in British English and motor mechanic in Australian English) is a mechanic with a variety of automobile makes or either in a specific area or in a specific make of automobile. In repairing cars, their main role is to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly. They often have to quote prices for their customers before commencing work or after partial dis-assembly for inspection. Their job may involve the repair of a specific part or the replacement of one or more parts as assemblies.
Basic vehicle maintenance is a fundamental part of a mechanic's work in modern industrialized countries, while in others they are only consulted when a vehicle is already showing signs of malfunction. Preventative maintenance is also a fundamental part of a mechanic's job, but this is not possible in the case of vehicles that are not regularly maintained by a mechanic. One misunderstood aspect of preventative maintenance is scheduled replacement of various parts, which occurs before failure to avoid far more expensive damage. Because this means that parts are replaced before any problem is observed, many vehicle owners will not understand why the expense is necessary.
With the rapid advancement in technology, the mechanic's job has evolved from purely mechanical, to include electronic technology. Because vehicles today possess complex computer and electronic systems, mechanics need to have a broader base of knowledge than in the past.
Due to the increasingly labyrinthine nature of the technology that is now incorporated into automobiles, most automobile dealerships and independent workshops now provide sophisticated diagnostic computers to each technician, without which they would be unable to diagnose or repair a vehicle...
In the United States, several programs and schools that offer training for those interested in pursuing competencies as an automotive mechanic or as an auto technician already exist. A few of the aspects usually taught those studying for this career are: powertrain repair and diagnosis, emissions, and suspension. The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) is responsible for evaluating technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. NATEF certifies programs in four different categories: automotive, auto body, trucks (diesel technology) and alternative fuels.
Some mechanics are ASE certified, which is a standardized method of testing skill and knowledge level. While it's not required by law for a mechanic to be certified, some companies only hire or promote employees who have passed ASE tests. The technology used in automobiles changes very rapidly and the mechanic must be prepared to learn these new technologies and systems. The auto mechanic has a physically demanding job, often exposed to extreme temperatures, lifting heavy objects and staying in uncomfortable positions for extended periods. They also deal with exposure to gasoline, asbestos, and other toxic chemicals.
The Internet is even spreading to mechanics, with certified mechanics providing advice online. Mechanics themselves now regularly use the Internet for information to help them in diagnosing and/or repairing vehicles. Service manuals for vehicles have become significantly less prevalent with computers that are connected to the Internet taking their place.
A mechanic may opt to engage in other careers related to his or her field. Teaching of automotive trade courses, for example, is almost entirely carried out by qualified mechanics in many countries...
Auto body repair involves less work with oily and greasy parts of vehicles, but involves exposure to particulate dust from sanding bodywork and potentially toxic chemical fumes...
Pit crews for motor racing are a specialized form of work undertaken by some mechanics. It is sometimes portrayed as glamorous in movies and television and is considered prestigious in some parts of the automotive industry. Working in a pit crew in professional racing circuits is dangerous and very stressful work but usually pays highly. This work is sometimes perceived as being difficult to come by because of the skill levels required.
Wow. I was like "what's a correspondent's course?" I realized: it's a course through the mail! I always figured remote education was impossible before the internet. I think sometimes we think the world has changed more than it really has.
The thing that bothers me about customers is that most make the assumption that we mechanics are just grease monkeys. But just like the narrator says, a good service man has to be a good welder, electrician, machinist, even a physicist!
Been a mechanic all of my life, replaced the pistons in my dad's model a at 6 years old, will be 70 next year. still working in my shop. One thing people don't realize is that when you hook the car up to a "computer" it does not, and I repeat,DOES NOT tell you what is wrong and what to replace. It only puts you in the general area of the system you need to get to to search out the problem.
Don't ever think that mechanics today are not as knowledgeable as those of us from the '"good old days". They just need to know more "stuff" Thus we are leaning toward more "specialization" just like the medical and computer fields.
One guy cannot do it all anymore thus training is more important than ever.
The difference I see between then and now is the lack of personalized service at most shops today. I have customers that are my friends in fact most of my friends that I have today became friends by being my customers first. I understand that the pace of life today is faster and most shops don't have time to do anything but make money to pay the bills.
If you find a small one or two man shop , hang on to it. you will have a friend for life. You'll have someone to take the wives out to dinner with, go to the races or a car show with, just go fishin with.
There's plenty of rebuilding today, just less at local workshop level because it's rarely cost effective. In those days vehicles HAD TO BE DESIGNED FOR EASY OVERHAUL BECAUSE THEIR PARTS DIDN'T LAST AS LONG. That's why frames had clearance for doing an in-frame bottom end rebuild. Not many cars made it to 100K miles without major work.
I'm old and I don't pretend knowing the old methods of wrenching was difficult because it wasn't, I and my peers did it and we weren't special. A real mechanic is not intimidated by ANY machine of any year nor does he resent learning new tech.
Welding and body work aren't easier today either, they are more complex with changing materials and coatings. Back then OA welding handled most jobs. Oxy-acetylene welding is simple and fun as we both know.
I'm an old mechanic comfortable on old and new vehicles and that is COMPLETELY WRONG. Most mechanics were NOT "all around service men" then and most aren't now. The vehicle systems were so very simple it's easy to wire a car from that era by memory. Modern vehicles are closer to aircraft in complexity and that's not a joke. (I'm also an aircraft mechanic.) Sensors and drivability diagnostics mean you need to know much more than in days of old.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.