Choosing an Automotive School

Choosing an Automotive School

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of automotive schools today offering students degrees, diplomas, and certificates in an array of automotive fields. So how to go about finding the best fit? The United States Department of Education recommends weeding out schools that are not accredited or licensed.

Accreditation and licensure demonstrates to employers that graduates of those programs possess a certain skill level, and if an employer feels confident about an applicant's education, it certainly makes finding a job easier. A unique approach a student could take to school selection is to call area employers who have hired alumni and ask them how well-trained the graduates actually were.

Aspiring automotive employees should also consider specific fields of the automotive industry, whether it be automotive technology, body work, trucks/diesel, marine mechanics, or motorcycle mechanics, and seek out schools offering specializations of highest interest. Geographic location, program length, and cost are major factors, too, but beyond that, prospective students need to check into qualifications of teachers, curriculum, percentage of students who complete the program, and the percentage of graduates working in their chosen field.

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