Mechanics are to race cars what general practitioners are to medical patients, so race team technicians are on-call emergency room doctors for the fastest cars in the world. If you are the fan who shows up to the race track every weekend decked out in team colors from head to toe, then this line of work might appeal to you. However, it takes more than love to be successful in a career. To become a successful diesel mechanic, you need precision, knowledge, and the ability to work well under serious pressure.
A background in mechanics and engineering is fundamental to a race team tech’s career path. Ashworth College’s convenient online program in Diesel Mechanic Training equips you with the knowledge and understanding you need to become a diesel mechanic and heavy vehicle specialist. We developed the interactive curriculum in partnership with the Multistate Academic and Vocational Curriculum Consortium (MAVCC) to cover repair skills taught in popular diesel mechanic schools online.
Not only do race team technicians make sure that cars are ready for the race, but they also have to keep those cars running smoothly and at top performance. As a race team technician, you’ll have to complete vehicle maintenance before an event and be able to make necessary changes during an event. In fact, race team technicians are responsible for boosting the vehicle’s chances of becoming a winner by ensuring the car’s performance improves each time the driver gets behind the wheel.
This is a competitive field to break into, but the U.S. Department of Labor predicts an increase of more than 21,600 new diesel mechanic jobs by 2022. Having the right academic background will open the doors to those jobs for you. Once you’re hired, you can expect a starting salary of $45,000, according to Hot Rod Magazine.
Even if you’re a budding or hobbyist mechanic, you can’t rely on experience alone when you’re working within these technical parameters. Having a complete understanding of diesel mechanics is essential to your success on the job and the safety of the drivers. This is why Ashworth College provides foundational courses in Brakes, Prevention and Inspection, Hydraulics, and Safe work practices and emergency procedures.
Becoming a race car technician requires specialized training and specific academic qualifications. A solid education sets you ahead of the pack.
A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.