If you have a dream to become a professional diesel mechanic, you probably already know that, no matter how skilled and talented you are, you will have to pursue some form of higher education to make sure your plan comes to fruition. Even though the process is not too complex, it’s easy to get lost along the way. So consider the following steps as a form of guideline to steer you in the right direction as you take your first steps towards a successful career as a diesel mechanic.
- Finish High School and Research the Profession
The first thing you should do is finish high school and get your high school diploma. A lot of aspiring mechanics believe that higher education is not necessary to learn the secrets of fixing a diesel engine. But the truth is that, in order to be taken seriously in this day and age, you will need a good certification as well as a higher form of education that will inspire more confidence.
Once you obtain your high school diploma (or even before that) start to research the profession and find out exactly what path you want to take. Do you want to work as a mechanic for a few years before moving further? Are you thinking of running your own auto shop for diesel powered vehicles? How do you want to approach your future training? All these questions have to be answered as you look for the right diesel technical school and certification program.
- Choose Your Approach to Becoming Certified
Along the same line as in the second half of the previous point, it’s important to go in depth about learning about the various schools and programs available, and finding out about the certification methods that you can follow.
Two of the main types of certification approaches include following a short certification program and then starting work immediately, or following a longer, 2-year program to obtain your associate’s degree. You can also choose to go to college while getting a job as an untrained mechanic.
- Find Work for Hands On Experience
A great tip is that, once you have gained some experience working on diesel engines, you could get work even before completing your higher education or certification program, in order to get more hands on experience. That way, you will increase your practical knowledge and dexterity without ignoring your education, and you’ll earn some extra money on the side.
- Get Your ASE Certification and Keep Learning
Getting your ASE certification is very important, so if you haven’t done it by this point, it’s important to follow a certification program to earn it. You’ll find it will take you less than two years, and once you’re done you can choose to work as a fully certified and reputable mechanic, whether you look for a job or start your own business. Don’t stop there! You can keep getting additional certifications while improving your experience on the job, up until you become a master mechanic.
Although it’s not an easy path, becoming a diesel mechanic is a highly respectable pursuit, and it’s an accessible profession even for those who don’t have a flawless education history or perfect grades. With hard work and determination, and by constantly improving your skill even after getting your ASE certification, you can become one of the best master diesel mechanics in your entire region.