There are millions of automotive vehicles racing on the roads everywhere. Besides that, there are numerous automotive manufacturers and new types of vehicles such as hybrids and full electric, which make each vehicle technologically different from another. Naturally, a different skill set and knowledge base is required to repair each automobile.
With time and use, cars tend to wear out and have diverse problems. This is where the role of an automotive technician begins. They are not only responsible for identifying the specific causes of problems in automobiles but also for correcting the problems through diagnosis and repair.
They help prolong the life of a vehicle and improve its efficiency by using specialized tools and diagnostic equipment to perform repairs. To become a general automotive technician, all you need is to the proper training and love for automobiles.
Why Become A General Automotive Technician?
Working as a general automotive technician is an interesting job. It requires creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills to repair. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider pursuing it as a career.
It’s an evolving industry
Traveling with personal vehicles has become the norm nowadays. Technologies used in different vehicles are evolving with high tech computer and safety systems as well as power plants for electric and hybrid cars. As new technologies develop, there is more of a need for specialized technicians to diagnose and repair vehicles with hi-tech systems.
Due to a shortage of highly skilled automotive technicians, unparalleled opportunities are in store for specialized automotive technicians to work and develop within the automotive repair field. Employment shortages in other fields in some cases have been outsourced, but automotive repair is one that can’t be outsourced. Opportunities to work with dealers and repair facilities should be readily available for many years to come for a specialized automotive technician with the proper training and certification!
One doesn’t necessarily have to be a graduate or a postgraduate in order to work as a general automotive technician. You can begin your career during high school by joining the training programs popularly offered to students. It will give you a basic know-how about cars, their parts and systems. Therefore, by the time you graduate high school, you may already be earning money and will be skilled enough to start working at a larger company that will present more opportunity.
You can begin your career training right after you graduate high school. All you need to do is find an auto tech program that will provide with the hands-on experience and knowledge of all the latest technology and techniques in auto diagnostics, maintenance and repair. If there is any particular aspect of automotive repair that interests you, you can choose to specialize in that particular area of expertise. However, in order to do so, you must have first received your basic general automotive technician training.
Job Prospects are high
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employers are reporting difficulties finding automotive technicians with the right skills and education, job opportunities for qualified applicants should be very good.” Graduates from a postsecondary automotive training program will have the advantage to find employment over individuals that lack the formal training from a postsecondary institution. Graduates that choose to further their education by specializing in hybrid technology or automotive computer systems will have a higher chance of finding employment. *(BLS)
If you are passionate about cars and wish to pursue a career as an automotive technician, you can start earning your Automotive Technician diploma at UEI College’s Gardena campus.
Computer Systems Technicians are in charge of detecting and fixing computer software and hardware issues. A Computer Systems Technician must have a good grasp on all the technicalities of computer systems and must have hands on experience to resolve issues. Although one can be an untrained systems technician if they have a knack for computers, it is recommended to get technical training from a reputable school. Computers consists of components and embedded integrated systems so a computer technician needs up-to-date knowledge that an education provides. There are certain professional skills that every computer repair technician must develop regardless of their area of expertise:
This is probably the most important requirement for being a Computer Systems Technician. Technicians should be highly knowledgeable in all aspects of computer design, architecture and operation. However, the type of knowledge depends on the job at hand. For software troubleshooting, knowledge about antivirus, firewall, instruction set and software are important. On the other hand, a hardware technician must have a good grasp on the internal architecture, organization and function of every component. This will help detect and resolve the problem quickly.
A Computer Systems Technician is just like a doctor- the only difference is he has to deal with silent patients who can’t tell their problem. If the issue is evident, then it’s easy to resolve the problem. However, if it’s not possible to detect the problem in one go, technicians use a systematic troubleshooting approach. They consider all the possibilities and inspect them one by one. Again, you have to be knowledge in all aspects of computer systems, and are able to detect the problem in as few attempts as possible.
Everyone doesn’t understand technical terminologies, so a Computer Systems Technician must have good communication skills to tell the clients about the issue in layman’s terms. Whether, working for private clients or are hired by a company, technicians should know how to explain the computer jargon in user-friendly language. What’s more important is clients’ satisfaction; being able to ensure them that their computer systems are in secure hands and assure them that the issue will be resolved is very important.
Patience and Concentration
Patience is very important when dealing with machines. Computer systems are complex and require focus and concentration when troubleshooting. The ability to work on computer systems with a clear mind, considering all possibilities, and taking a systematic approach is very important.
Computer maintenance is another professional skill that a Computer Systems Technician must have. They not only have to resolve the issue but also make sure that repairing or resolving one component does not impact the functionality of other components. Compatibility of components and software is extremely important in upgrading, maintaining, and repairing computer systems. A thorough understanding and knowledge of the latest technologies, viruses and antivirus software, firewalls, software updates and other applications is key to keeping systems running properly with as few issues as possible.
Now that you’re familiar with the essential skills needed to succeed as a Computer Systems Technician, do you think you have what it takes to make it I.T.? If you do, UEI College offers a Computer Systems Technician program that will give you the hands-on training and career focus education that you’ll will need to succeed in today’s fast paced business world.
Do little things irritate you? Do your shoulders and back always feel tense and tight? As a college student, juggling a job and a family, you probably answered yes to both questions. Stress is how our body shows us that we need to slow down, and re-prioritize our lives, too much stress can break you down, burn you out and eventually make you feel like a total mess. According to an article by the Mayo Clinic, the long-term activation of your stress response system can put you at risk for various health problems and diseases.
Don’t be alarmed, thinking you are the only one living a highly stressful life. Actually, according to a 2013 online survey conducted, by the American Psychological Association, 52% of Americans lead highly stressful lives. At UEI College, we want you to achieve success, and for this reason, we want you to try out our 5 tips on reducing stress in your life. So let us get started:
Tip #1- Eat Healthy
Stress is known to weaken the immune system and put you at risk of sickness. Therefore, to ensure you are ready to battle the stress monster like a winner, it’s important that you eat healthy and avoid eating junk food. Try to add more green leafy vegetables and fruits in your diet. For example, in the morning make a smoothie and add a handful of spinach, an apple and a handful of blueberries. Eating the right foods and drinking healthy smoothies can help the brain and the body deal with stress.
Tip#2- Exercise Daily
Exercise helps keep the mind and body healthy and stress free. A 20-minute walk, bike ride or dance session helps your mind ease from worrying and makes you feel good by pumping up your endorphins. According to an article by the Mayo Clinic discussing exercise and stress, “Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel good neurotransmitters.”
Tip#3 Smile and Laugh
We have all heard that laughter is the best therapy. Therefore, why not try it for a change. With so much stress in life, we often forget to laugh and smile and enjoy the little things. So, laugh, smile and let go of the tension.
Tip#4- Talk it out and Share
Another way to release stress is to interact with friends and talk it out. If you keep all your tension and worry inside, you’ll never be able to find a solution to what is bothering you. When you discuss your problems with people you can trust, they can comfort you, give you advice provide you guidance and more importantly help you get through this stressful phase in your life.
Tip#5 Get a Proper Good Night Sleep
To stay stress free it is important to get a good night’s sleep. A full 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep can help you stay fresh, think straight and gain full control of your life.
Stress less by loving what you do. If you don’t love what you do or what you’re studying, and you’re ready to pursue a new career that you truly love and enjoy, check out UEI College for career training. We offer career-focused education in a variety of programs in the healthcare, technology, legal, and business fields.
Congratulations, you finally landed a job interview after weeks, possibly even months of applying to countless jobs. Now that you have your foot in the door, what are the qualities you think are crucial to ace the interview? Most of you would come up with a long list of factors like a sound academic profile, versatile skills, career experience, etc. Don’t sabotage yourself by lack of planning – start preparing as soon as possible. Well, of course after you’re done jumping for joy, and telling everyone you know your great news.
Here are 6 essential job interview tips from UEI College to help you land your dream job.
1. Research the Company
Research is just as important as rehearsing potential interview questions. Make sure to investigate how the company runs its business, by looking up their mission statement and vision. It is essential you get a better understanding what they’re looking for and what they will expect of you. The more you know about the company, the more questions you will be able to ask your interviewer and prepare yourself for their potential questions.
You can obtain your information by going to the company’s website and by checking out their Linkedin page, as well as Glassdoor for any reviews by employees.
2. Time Matters!
Arriving late will get you a guaranteed rejection. Make sure to look-up the destination of where your interview is being held – plan the route you will be taking in advance. Schedule yourself to arrive 15 -30 minutes before the agreed upon time. The earlier you arrive the less anxious and nervous you will feel during your interview. Use this time to prepare yourself mentally and survey the surroundings, to get accustomed to the environment. Remember, the early bird catches the worm.
3. Appearance Matters!
Believe it or not, you have less than 30 seconds to make a lasting impression to your interviewer. The night before, select the outfit you are going to wear, and make sure that it’s clean, wrinkle-free and that it fits well. The attire for women is a knee length skirt, with a nice blouse, a dress suit, or pantsuit. The attire for men is a tailored suit (preferably blue or black, dark charcoal also works) with a nice button down shirt. Don’t forget to remove your facial piercings, and to cover up any visible tattoos. Make sure you look your best by not forgetting to schedule a haircut, shave, or trim your facial hair. Remember you only have one shot to make a lasting impression, so dress to impress.
You don’t want something as trite as the way you look to hinder you from getting your dream job.
4. Sound Professional
Have you ever thought why hiring managers conduct interview sessions when they already have all the information about you in front of them? That’s because they want to assess your professional and communication skills. When you work in an organization, you need to interact and communicate with other employees and hiring managers are trying to gauge if you are going to be a good fit.
Before your interview, practice your communication skills with a friend, or one of the career services advisors at your campus. So that you can show to the hiring manager that you have a flexible demeanor and will easily be able to work in a team environment.
5. Be Yourself
Hiring managers conduct several interviews daily and they have a keen eye in spotting whether you are being sincere – don’t pretend to be someone you are not. Furthermore, don’t forget to breathe; taking deep breaths will ease your nerves by allowing more oxygen to be supplied to your brain. Pay attention to your body language, don’t fidget, slouch, bite your nails, or play with your hair, this will distract your interviewer and will make you appear lacking in confidence. Lastly, remember to smile and maintain good eye contact but don’t stare like a weirdo.
6. Follow Up
The most essential and commonly forgotten part of the interview is the follow-up. But what makes the follow up so important? When you follow-up by sending a thank you note, it shows to your potential employer that you are serious about the job. Send your thank-you note within 24 hours after your interview, via email. If you want to add a personal touch, send a hand-written note instead of an email.
So the next time you go for a job interview, be prepared and keep the above-mentioned tips in mind.
If you are looking for more tips or would like to have a practice interview or two, check with the Career Services department at UEI College. Our dedicated staff members are there to help you any way they can. Plus their services are available to you even after you graduate!