Mechanics: Transitioning from Automotive to Truck and Transport
By: Parts for Trucks
Why Should You Transition
Transitioning from an automotive mechanic to a truck and transport mechanic can be a rewarding career move for those who are interested in working on larger, more complex vehicles. Truck and transport mechanics are responsible for repairing and maintaining a wide range of vehicles, including buses, trucks, and construction equipment. Here are some reasons someone might consider transitioning from an automotive mechanic to a truck and transport mechanic, as well as the steps that are required:
Greater Career Opportunities
The demand for truck and transport mechanics is often higher than the demand for automotive mechanics, particularly in industries like transportation and construction. This can provide greater career opportunities and the potential for higher salaries for those who are trained as truck and transport mechanics.
Variety of Work
Truck and transport mechanics work on a wide range of vehicles, including buses, trucks, and construction equipment. This can provide a greater variety of work and the opportunity to work on more complex and varied systems.
Many truck and transport mechanics specialize in a particular area, such as diesel engines, brakes, or electrical systems. This can provide the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest and develop expertise in that area.
Steps to Transitioning
To transition from an automotive mechanic to a truck and transport mechanic, there are a few steps you will need to take:
Complete Additional Training
Most truck and transport mechanics have at least a high school diploma and have completed a formal training program. This can include completing a certificate or associate’s degree program in truck and transport mechanics or a related field.
While Parts for Trucks will accept a wide variety of certification levels, many employers prefer to hire truck and transport mechanics who are red seal certified. To become certified, you will need to work through the red seal program and pass an exam that covers a range of topics related to truck and transport mechanics. If you are not Red Seal certified while working at Parts for Trucks, the company will work with you to help you achieve your certification.
Some employers may require or prefer candidates with previous experience working as a truck and transport mechanic. This can be gained through internships, apprenticeships, or on-the-job training programs. However, if you have worked in the automotive industry, you will find that many of the skills are transferable, and your experience is relevant.
Overall, transitioning from an automotive mechanic to a truck and transport mechanic can be a rewarding career move for those who are interested in working on larger, more complex vehicles. By completing additional training, obtaining certification, gaining experience, and building a strong resume, you can set yourself up for success in this field.