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Getting Automotive Mechanics Training via an Online Automotive Course

written by: Sylvia Cochran•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 12/10/2011

An online automotive course offers career-minded learners the opportunity to turn their love for cars into a lucrative career. Find out how to get a jump-start on an automotive career with online mechanics training.

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    From Tinkering to Online Mechanics Training

    Taking an online automotive course does not have to be complicated. Something as simple as doing your own maintenance is an excellent starting point for a hobbyist. It provides a suitable entry level experience to the kinds of car maintenance tasks that are so familiar to many seasoned car aficionados. They include checking the air filter, battery, break fluid and also inspecting the engine and the exhaust system.

    While these tasks seem so commonplace to many drivers who lovingly keep their cars running at top performance, they are actually the stuff that a lucrative career could be made of. Such lessons can also be taught and learned simply by following the written word and uploaded schematics. To this end, online mechanic classes offer automotive training that may allow you to turn your love for the automobile -- and weekend hobbyist tinkering -- into an enjoyable livelihood.

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    Career Diploma in Auto Body Repair Technician Work

    It is interesting to note that online automotive mechanic courses encompass more general certificate courses, such as they may be found in Penn Foster’s Auto Body Repair Technician career diploma or Ashworth College’s online Auto Mechanic training.

    This form of mechanics training does not require any previous experience or formal training, and instead introduces the student to body shop tools that are most commonly used, the basic math that is needed within the shop environment, introductory welding techniques, basic repair work, an intro to automotive electrical systems, painting prep work and also explains overall repair work. Other coursework focuses on engine lubrication, fuel and emission systems, transmission work, and also A/C and heating system maintenance.

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    Nuts and Bolts of Specialized Automotive Courses

    Online mechanics training also offers a number of different avenues to take for the online learning student intent on specializing in a given field. These kinds of classes are usually sought after by students already employed in the automotive field, or those who have extensive experience in a shop-like environment.

    Good examples are certificate courses in Automotive Transmission Essentials. Automotive mechanic lessons taken via distance learning classes are aimed at the future mechanic who wants to focus on enhanced employability by specializing in transmission work, which culminates in a certificate program that prepares manual and automatic transmission specialists for the workforce.

    This certificate program highlights subjects such as clutches, drive trains, four-wheel drives, planetary gears, and also hydraulic systems. Penn Foster is one of the career schools that specialize in this kind of automotive mechanic career certificate.

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    An online automotive course only truly works well for the hobbyist who has the option of doing hands-on work at home or at a friend's garage. If this opportunity is not available, the Internet may not be the best place to learn about car repairs.

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    Sources

    • Penn Foster’s Auto Body Repair Technician career diploma: http://www.pennfoster.edu/autobody/index.html
    • Ashworth College’s online Auto Mechanic training: http://www.ashworthcollege.edu/programs/career-diploma/auto-mechanic/

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