It seems like every month a different auto manufacturer is either introducing a new hybrid vehicle, showing off plans for one or showcasing their plans for future “green” cars, and that’s a good thing for an auto mechanic. Why you ask? Well, as long as you’re willing to learn new technology and keep an open mind, you’ll always have a job. You’ll always have a job because you will be a versatile auto mechanic. If you have the expertise to diagnose and repair internal combustion engine powered vehicles as well as hybrids and electric vehicles, then dealerships will be clawing for the chance to get you on their team.
Just like typical automotive technology has advanced itself in not a long period of time, expect hybrids and other alternative powered vehicles to rapidly advance in technology. Most likely at a quicker rate of speed. In fact, its been said that within the next few years, every auto manufacturer will have at least one hybrid vehicle. Even Ferrari has hinted that they are considering the idea. As much as there is a shortage of qualified individuals to diagnose and repair today’s cars and trucks, there is an even bigger shortage for those who can competently and SAFELY diagnose and repair hybrid vehicles. And don’t think for a second that there will be a need for electric vehicles and any other alternatively powered vehicle (BMW has been experimenting with hydrogen powered vehicles).
So while you are on your search for an auto mechanic school to attend, it would be a very smart idea to find a school that either specializes in hybrid and alternative power technology or has a program that will teach you about these vehicles. This technology is not going away, in fact it is being implemented more and more so possessing the knowledge to work on these vehicles is a serious plus for your resume.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you decide that you want to specialize in hybrid and alternative powered vehicles, you will have to invest in some extra tools to get the job done safely. Many tool manufacturers like Snap On offer tools made of carbon fiber and other non-conductive materials for hybrid and electric vehicle auto mechanics. The reason is with the these vehicles there is a much greater risk or electrocution and death from the vehicle batteries compared with your normal gas or diesel vehicle.
Sure you will have to drop some extra money on special tools to get the job done, but don’t forget that you are adding a specialized skill to your arsenal that not everyone you work with will have. So what does that mean? MORE MONEY! If you remember when we discussed salary and job description information for an auto mechanic it was said that experience, skill and knowledge allows your paychecks to keep growing. So you will have an even bigger opportunity to max out your earning potential with hybrid and electric vehicle certifications.