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Career Definition for a Honda Automotive Mechanic
A Honda automotive mechanic, also called a Honda factory-trained technician, employs sophisticated techniques acquired during specialized training to diagnose, repair, and maintain the mechanical, electrical, and associated supplemental systems of Honda vehicles. Honda technicians are known for their use of Honda-engineered computer diagnostic tools and an ability to keep abreast of evolving technology through the company's e-Learning program, according to Honda.
|Education||Apprenticeship at a Honda dealership, training available at community colleges and vocational schools|
|Job Skills||Mechanical, electronic, and technical knowledge, diagnostics|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$37,850 for automotive service technicians and mechanics|
|Job Growth (2014-2024)*||5% for automotive service technicians and mechanics|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Those hoping to become factory-trained Honda technicians must first work at a Honda dealership as an apprentice performing simple repairs and basic maintenance, such as oil changes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dealerships seek trainees with formal training in a postsecondary vocational school or a community college because of the increasing sophistication of automotive technology and the rigor of the Honda training program. Honda has entered into partnerships with select community colleges across North America to sponsor Honda specific training programs. Promising apprentices may then be sent to a Honda regional training facility where they undergo specialized training that utilizes active learning with a particular emphasis on computer diagnostics. Each student must demonstrate the required skills across the spectrum of Honda automotive service in order to receive the title of Honda factory-trained technician, according to Honda.
Mechanics and technicians must have an outstanding mechanical, electronic, and technical aptitude in addition to a keen ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately.
Career and Economic Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics in general is expected to increase 5% from 2014 to 2024. Time is money for technicians and their employers, according to the New York Times, and skill and experience directly translate to higher wages. The BLS published the median annual salary of all automotive repair technicians as $37,850 in May 2015. However, the BLS also reported that mechanics working at dealerships made slightly more, making a median salary of $42,360 per year.
Alternative Career Options
Some of related careers in the same field include:
Automotive Body Repairer
While Honda mechanics work in mechanic shops fixing the engine and systems of Honda vehicles, automotive body repairers work in auto body shops fixing the structure and exterior elements of vehicles, such as the frame, doors, mirrors and paint. High school vocational courses or postsecondary courses in automobile collision repair can help prepare automotive body repairers for their career. Auto body repair certifications can be earned through professional organizations, such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair.
Jobs in this field are projected by the BLS to increase by 9% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than average growth. Auto body repairers earned a median annual salary of $40,970 in May 2015, according to the BLS.
Farm Equipment Mechanic
Those who like working on engines, but prefer to work on large equipment rather than vehicles, may want to explore the career of farm equipment mechanic. These professionals typically work for manufacturers and dealers of farm equipment and fix and maintain tractors, mowers, harvesters and other related machinery.
While farm equipment mechanics and technicians can learn on the job, some postsecondary education in heavy equipment mechanics is often preferred by employers. In May 2015, the BLS reported that these workers had a median annual salary of $37,050. The BLS projects that the number of farm equipment mechanics will increase by about 7% from 2014 to 2024.