Car Mechanic _VERIFIED_
Updated on January 28, 2023, by Chris Birsner: The developers at Red Dot Games have delivered multiple entries to their Car Mechanic Simulator franchise, with its latest game being Car Mechanic Simulator 2021. Even though it has been over a year since the last game, the developers have continued to release DLC for their game including adding new cars and collaborating with Wheeler Dealers. But it would be understandable for those who have played these games for some time to want something new. Luckily, there are plenty of mechanic games and various simulators out there that are available to try and capture similar magic.
Once someone becomes a master car mechanic, it's time to move forward and see what other vehicles can be learned about and broken down. Train Sim World 2 doesn't quite go deep into all the different parts of the train or how to repair them, but it sure provides a lot of insight into controlling them.
While it certainly may seem like a silly entry in the genre of mechanic games, Kerbal Space Program takes its simulation elements very seriously. Kerbals are a race of aliens who are on a mission to explore space. The job of the player is to make that possible.
Once the mechanical process is done, players can take the cars they make for a little ride out on the empty lot or even on the road. However, they can damage the vehicle as they drive around so it's important to take things for a spin safely in this car mechanic game.
Being authentic to the car mechanic profession is a big reason why Car Mechanic Simulator works. Another game that attempts to replicate a difficult job is Electrician Simulator, which is all about handling the electric routing in a house or in specific objects.
After a long hiatus, Construction Simulator made its return in 2022 with a new release that is sure to make anyone interested in mechanic games or realistic games about building want to at least try it out. The game features two large maps with plenty of structures to build in both.
This time, however, they are fully interactive tanks from different eras in history. Players will be tasked with finding tanks on old battlefields and fixing them up to open up a tank museum. There are many other mechanic simulation games from the developer, but this game is among their best received.
He said some mechanics may try to squeeze more money out of customers by doing unnecessary repairs. What drives mechanics to cheat or push unnecessary repairs, Joe said, is the tiny profit margin at many repair shops. Most mechanics are honest, he said, but many are pressured by their bosses to perform unnecessary work.
One repair shop in New Jersey fixed the cord issue in 15 minutes without even charging our producer -- though ABC News' expert mechanic say it would be reasonable to charge between $50-100 to diagnose the problem. The manager at a different repair shop in New Jersey also just plugged the cord back in, but then told our producer the light was on because the mass flow sensor needed to be cleaned. He recommended a fuel system cleaning for $99.
The controls take a little getting used to, but mostly they feel reasonably fluid for a Pocket Edition game. I played on my undocked Switch, and it felt like the title was designed to be enjoyed this way. The camera was a little rough, but the controls were reasonably intuitive and the menus quite straight forward. My main problem was that apparently, being a mechanic is not a sound backup career for me.
As you move further on and make more money, there are management features to explore and more complex mechanics to enjoy. You can fix up and auction cars, as well as own a car collection. Your workshop will grow and eventually develop into an empire.
People who possess dexterity, customer service and troubleshooting skills, and an aptitude for working with machines might enjoy working as an auto mechanic. These professionals inspect, service, and repair the vehicles that most people rely on in their work and personal lives.
Also called service techs or automotive service technicians, auto mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and most pickup trucks. More specifically, most auto mechanics test, repair, and replace parts and help customers understand the repairs their vehicles require. They also perform maintenance tasks like oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid checks.
Auto manufacturing constantly evolves with the introduction of new technologies, including computerized components and the emergence of electric cars. Auto mechanics must stay abreast of these changes and continue to familiarize themselves with these innovations, even if they work on more conventional engines and automotive systems.
You can pursue entry-level auto mechanic careers after taking high school classes in electronics, computers, automotive repair, and mathematics. While these courses offer the fundamental skills that auto mechanics need, high school graduates should also obtain on-the-job training as helpers, lubrication workers, or trainee technicians to develop their qualifications.
Most employers prefer to hire mechanics with vocational or postsecondary training. Some programs allow students to finish their education in 6-12 months, and most programs include both coursework and practical training. Aspiring auto mechanics can also earn certificates in specializations like engine performance and brake maintenance.
Some auto mechanics obtain associate degrees to increase their job prospects. Associate programs typically offer coursework in electronics, mathematics, and customer service. Car manufacturers and dealers sometimes sponsor associate degree programs, which allow students to learn the trade and gain experience in service shops.
Some auto mechanics and technicians need to be certified to work. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires individuals who work with or handle refrigerants to get proper certification. Many employers require their auto mechanics to earn credentials from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
The BLS projects that auto mechanics' employment will decline 4% between 2019 and 2029. The emergence of electric cars and vehicles with computerized systems may make repairs and certain types of maintenance less common or unnecessary.
According to the BLS, auto mechanics made a median wage of $44,050 as of May 2020. Some experienced professionals working for auto dealers earn commissions on top of their labor, which can increase their earning potential significantly. Most professionals working for repair shops earn an hourly wage.
Mechanics who worked for automotive dealerships earned a higher median annual salary of $47,620 in May 2020. On the other hand, mechanics who worked in tire and parts shops earned a median annual salary of $38,370.
The increasing number of electric cars may lead to a decreased need for maintenance and mechanical repairs. Also, more new vehicles on the market contain computerized systems that reduce the time it takes for repairs and inspection. However, many cars and trucks still require brake replacement, oil changes, and other services that auto mechanics can perform.
Some aspects of an auto mechanic's job present challenges, such as occasional overtime work. Many professionals also stand for most of the day, work with dirty parts, and perform repairs in uncomfortable positions. However, most repair shops offer sufficient light and ventilation
The highest 10% of automotive service technicians and mechanics earned an annual salary of more than $71,940 as of May 2020. Six-figure salaries for auto mechanics are uncommon. However, job-seekers might find such positions in areas with auto mechanic shortages or at auto dealerships. Years of experience also impact a professional's earning potential.
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