I got to wondering the other day what kind of training professional mechanics get? Here in the San Jose area there are a lot of engineers and scientists I encounter, and I know they go to a lot of training seminars, some held at their place of business, and some held in other states and countries. To keep up with new technology. I think they probably spend 10% of their time doing training, just a guess, but I think that’s pretty close. The companies pay them for doing it, pay for their travel if necessary, and pay for the classes, etc.
So what about pro mechanics? I’m not talking about the initial training, trade schools, apprenticeships, etc, but after you become an established mechanic, you still need to do periodic training sessions, right? The auto manufacturers change things every year which affect how to diagnose, maintain, and repair their cars. How to get the info you need from the car’s computer system, etc, that changes every year probably. Trends that develop from known design problems, like those Ford spark plugs that tended to break in half when you remove them.
So how do pro mechanics get this kind of periodic training? Phoning up other mechanics and asking what’s new? By doing their own individual research from trade journals? By figuring it out on the spot, when a customer’s problem presents itself, and you read what you need to learn to fix the problem from All Data or the manufacture’s website? Or do you take a break from wrenching from time to time and go somewhere to a class room situation and have instructors train you on new things appearing in cars that affect mechanics? Do you get paid for this training time?