How do you go about becoming an auto mechanic?

My son wants to be a "REAL" Auto mechanic, and I have no idea what route to take. By real I mean someone who can work on high end autos (BMW, Etc) He just started high school and they have no automotive program.I dont want him to go to a fly-by-night tech school and end up doing brake jobs and oil changes. Anyone have any real experience with Wyotech?What would be the best path. My son has been following me around with his little tools since he was 7-8. Brakes, oil changes, general automotive and MC maintanence, household chores. He loves them all. Got a new BBQ, and he put the whole thing together. He has both the interest and desire to work in this field.

Asked By: njxrider - 6/28/2007
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If he has an aptitude for it, and motivation and interest, good technical schools aren't bad... More
Answered By: ScooterTrash - 6/28/2007
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some of the best car manufacturers have their own training programs. In European countries their school programs work differently, by high school age kids have chosen a specialty and they start training with specific companies. I believe BMW has a training program where they take students at high school age and start... More
Answered By: SmartA$$ - 6/28/2007
I'm a former mechanic myself, schools like Wyotech and UTI are very expensive. My son, who is now a diesel engine technician, has worked with a number of these graduates and has not been impressed with the quality of their knowledge. If there are community colleges in your area, I think your son would be better off to... More
Answered By: Scott H - 6/28/2007
I am Mechanic and shop owner... More
Answered By: john m - 6/28/2007
Call some high-end dealer service dept's and ask the service manager what he would recommend---some shops take younger people of working age and have them do low order jobs while they also attend a trade school or get factory learning. Not familiar with Wyotech other than commercials but have not heard good things... More
Answered By: paul h - 6/28/2007
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