How Long Does it Take to Become an Automotive Technician?

The outlook is good for automotive technicians, and that’s no surprise. In 2012 (the last year for which data is available), there were 253,639,386 registered vehicles in the United States (according to the U.S.. Department of Transportation). That’s a lot of potential maintenance and repairs, which means a lot of need for qualified people to  [...]

What Are The Best Commercial Truck Driver Certifications to Have?

A differential on a tractor-trailer combination means something very different from a pay differential, but the two are oddly related. A truck’s differential can mean the transmission’s differential, or the power divider, which is another differential altogether. A pay differential? That is how much more a truck driver might be able to make with certain  [...]

Conquering Heavy Machinery: How Hard Is Diesel Mechanic School?

If you’ve ever driven on a cross-country trip and caught the sight of a big-rig trailer truck roaring down the road, you might wonder about the mechanisms under the hood. There are folks out there, and you may be one of them, who carry within a passion for engines. If you’re willing to learn the skills,  [...]

The Road Ahead: Finding Automotive Technician Scholarships and Grants

When students invest money and time in a career, they expect it to support them through their working lives. Outsourcing and increased computerization have eliminated many good jobs that were available in the past, so a current challenge is to choose a field that offers long-lasting prospects. Automotive technology is one such field. A career in auto  [...]

How Long Does it Take to Become a Commercial Truck Driver?

Becoming a commercial truck driver is a journey along a fascinating road with several important milestones along the way. Just as any regulated profession has basic entrance requirements, commercial truck driving has its Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) earned by passing road and written tests. The steps needed to earn the CDL are not always the same, just as  [...]

Which HVACR Technician Jobs are the Hottest Right Now?

Welcome to the icy hot world of HVACR—heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. With heating, cooling and ventilation present in almost every modern building, your imagination is the limit as far as careers go. A trained HVAC technician can handle everything from sales and installation to repairs on most residential and light commercial applications. This  [...]

What Does the Future Look Like for Diesel Mechanics?

Considering taking on the challenge of an education in diesel and heavy vehicle repair, but not sure the time investment will be worth it when you’re done training? It’s important to consider the outlook of an industry before committing, after all—far too many fresh graduates enter the workforce to find they’ve trained themselves for vanishing  [...]

5 Types of Truck Driving Jobs You Could Get With the Right Training

Predictably, there’s no single job description that could encompass a commercial truck driver’s job. With so many types of truck driving jobs available, there are as many job descriptions as there are drivers on the road. From working as a team to working alone, returning home every night to traveling the country for months at a time,  [...]