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How to Start a Career in Automotive Technology

Engineering companies, auto dealerships, and body shops all need to hire and retain skilled automotive technicians, field investigators, and salespeople. If you are interested in how to start a career in automotive technology, be sure to take some time to think about your personal goals and the options available for achieving them.

Choose the Kind of Career You Want

The automotive technology field is relatively large and encompasses several different job types. Perhaps you are passionate about high-performance cars with powerful engines. You may want to prepare yourself for a career as a performance technician who understands the ins and outs of top-of-the-line automobiles. Maybe you prefer the challenge of working with damaged cars. In this case, working as a repair technician or insurance appraiser may be a good option. Only you can decide which career in the automotive field is right for you.

Consider Your Options

After deciding what specific kind of career you would like, the next step is to explore the options available for pursuing this kind of work. Look for automotive technology schools and educational programs in your area with courses that line up with your interests. When you find a school that seem to meet your needs, take a trip to the campus and find some staff or students to talk with to get a feel for what their classes will be like.

Expand Your Network

After you have received your education, the final step needed to begin your career in automotive technology is to find a job. Make contacts and network at industry trade shows and events, connect with prospective employers on social media, and talk to your friends and family about the kind of work you are looking for. All of these steps will help you find a great job and begin your career more quickly.

If you don’t know where to begin, learning about how to start a career in automotive technology can be challenging. However, if you have the right resources available, launching a rewarding career in automotive technology is much easier to accomplish. Visit our e-book page for more information about careers in automotive technology.

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