The Changing World Of Professional Auto Technicians
For more than a century people have been using cars, trucks and other personal vehicles to transport themselves, other people and goods from one location to another. In fact, the motorized vehicle went from being a luxury to a necessity in many parts of the world where public transportation and other options are limited. As a result of this dependence, it’s vital the automobiles on the road are kept in good repair. The work needed to do so has changed a great deal since the first cars hit the road, and is likely to continue evolving along with the rest of the industry.
A few decades ago, there were many people who could perform simple repairs on their own vehicles. On top of that, “backyard mechanics” were common. These men could take care of the more complicated auto repair matters, including the engine and other complex issues. Of course, the majority of people would take their cars and trucks to a mechanic shop with licensed mechanics. Dealership shops were a great place for people who were buying new vehicles to make certain their late model car was working correctly. Independently owned shops were also common throughout most cities. However, as the automotive industry evolved, the workings have become significantly more complicated, changing the landscape forever regarding auto repairs. Today, there are far fewer people who are able to repair their own vehicles. Those who can are usually dealing with older cars. The biggest reason that people cannot work easily on their cars is that computerization has drastically changed how vehicles function. Although the industry had undergone changes in the generations prior, these were gradual and the basic workings of the vehicles remained the same. As with so many other aspects of modern living, the computer created massive changes very quickly, making an entirely different repair model necessary. For those who were already working in the auto repair industry when the computerization began to be common this meant taking additional courses and obtaining new certifications in order to keep up with the industry. Those continuing education courses have continued to be necessary for mechanics in order to stay abreast of the latest changes and techniques being used by the auto manufacturers around the globe. For those who have entered into the field of auto repairs since the computerization began, the changes have meant more schooling than their predecessors. Mechanics needed to learn not only how to repair the older model vehicles, it was also necessary to understand the computerization aspects of the newer models. The number of backyard mechanics in the country has dwindled dramatically as a result of these changes. Unlike the skills necessary to repair and fix up the older style vehicles, the skills needed for newer model cars are not as easy to pick up while hanging out around mechanics while they work. Not only are the skills less transferable, the diagnostics required to figure out what is wrong with a newer model car are dependent on a computerized system. Without the proper computerized diagnostic tools and the ability to use them effectively, it’s impossible to determine what’s wrong with a modern car. On top of that, it’s virtually always necessary to have access to the computerized systems in order to make repairs and ensure everything has been restored. While those who understand how to do these operations and have the proper tools are prepared to handle the vehicle repairs of today, they’ll need to continue learning for the future. The current knowledge and use will continue to be refined but there are big changes in the future, which will create more need for ongoing education. Hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming more and more common, and the amount of them will continue to grow as people recognize the need to become less dependent on fossil fuels for energy. The mechanical workings of these types of cars is different in many ways from the current ones being used. The new changes regarding what sits under the hood must be well understood before a mechanic can begin to make a repair. So, the automobile repair industry is a career that requires a dedication to continued learning and growing rather than being stagnant. Those who enjoy learning and expanding their knowledge will appreciate the changes that are going on today as well as what the future brings! Cars are an important part of our modern society, a fact that’s unlikely to change in the future. Auto technicians that can provide the services to repair these vehicles will have a great career outlook as long as they keep up with the changes as they occur. We couldn’t be more proud of our highly-trained technicians here at Elite Auto Repair. They appreciate what it takes to remain as leaders in their field, thus providing top-notch service to you now and whatever you might be driving in the future.
Volvo has always done things a little differently than BMW and Mercedes. Rather than hold back updates and release them all in “mid-cycle refreshes,” Volvo prefers to let the changes dribble out slowly year after year. As a result of this process a car can change significantly over time but it happens so incrementally that to the casual observer it’s still the same car that launched four years ago.
Hypermiling isn’t a term many people are familiar with, but the action itself is actually fairly common. Basically, hypermiling describes using a set of driving principles to maximize your car’s fuel economy and get the most miles out of every gallon of gas. A hypermiler, or one who follows these principles, may save a good deal of money. The downside is that, while some of these principles are actually very sound ideas, some of them can be on the dangerous side.