Vehicle technicians fix and maintain vehicles, both motor vehicles and non-motor vehicles like motorbikes and taxis. They may specialize in fixing a particular type of vehicle, such as a truck, van, or trailer but in all instances they will have to diagnose a problem, suggest the best course of action, and then perform the work. This work may involve changing the oil, replacing parts, or checking the engine. It is important that these technicians are fully qualified and insured to ensure that they do not end up causing further damage or injury to themselves. Below we look at some of the various types of vehicle technician jobs.
If you want to become a vehicle technician then you will first have to undergo a course of training. Most states will require you to have a recognized education provider who can show you that you have the knowledge and skill necessary for this job. A common course of study for vehicle technicians is a two-year mechanical engineering degree. Other areas of study which may be regarded as being as important include mechanical drafting, computer-aided design, and diagnostic and repair skills.
The military and civilian side of garages also use vehicle technicians to service vehicles. In the military, vehicles are almost always on the war front and being repaired is part of the job description. Contractors are usually based in small garages and will often take parts and even run small services from their premises. This enables them to get to know the work and customer satisfaction more intimately than would be possible if they were to hire and engage another individual to perform the repairs. Although some military garages are well equipped to deal with combat situations, most will not have the latest specialist equipment like mobile diagnostic and repair devices.
There are several companies in the United Kingdom that specialize in providing specialist equipment like mobile diagnostic and repair units and mobile heavy vehicle technicians repair units. These companies are able to provide their clients with all of the equipment that is needed to service and repair almost any kind of vehicle. Some of these companies also have their own repair centers, or have access to centers that can provide the needed spare parts and repairs. Most companies have their own repair vans and trailers. Some even have access to town and pick up services if the repairs require moving the vehicle to an off-site facility.
For the civilian side of the garage business, many mechanics do not even own their own repair vans or work from their own workshops. They often just get a maintenance contract from the larger garages that they work for and may only be involved in a limited capacity when it comes to servicing and repairing specific kinds of vehicles. Many mechanics find the pay just to be competitive enough. This means that they are unlikely to expand their business very much on the civilian side, unless they want to add a bit more of an element of service and repair to their existing business.
If you are looking to find a mechanic who deals in large commercial or industrial machinery you will not have too much trouble finding one. Most of the time a mechanic who specializes in working with vehicles will already own or be very familiar with one or two large garages. If you need to find one in your area, there are a few things to consider before approaching them. For example, do they specialize in working on big rigs or do they only deal with small passenger cars?