Becoming a trained mechanic is definitely not an easy task. But if you have decided that this is definitely a career that you want to pursue you really need to take the time to find the right school. There are actually a lot of schools that offer mechanic programs. First you need to decide what area you want to specialize in. For example would you prefer to be a diesel truck mechanic, or a mechanic who works on foreign cars, or domestic cars. These are all things that need to be taken into consideration prior to you choosing a school. If you can not decide which you would prefer why not visit some schools and see what the courses would be like. Some schools will even allow you to sit in on a class just to see what it is like. Make sure that you investigate each field carefully. Most people end up in jobs that they hate, so you want to make sure that you will be doing something that you love.
Keep in mind that different mechanics work on different types of equipment, and use different systems. You could even volunteer to work for a shop on a part time basis. Of course you will not be working as a mechanic, but you will get to see what they do. Another suggestion on how to get some hands on experience is to see if any of your friends are in the process of restoring an old vehicle. This is a great way to get your hands dirty and decide if you are interested in pursing auto mechanics as a career. Most colleges and technical schools, offer programs such as a one or two year associates degree or diploma program that will allow students to specialize in different areas of mechanics. This would include getting used to using the equipment. The school may even be able to help you get an internship while you are in school. Remember that it will take a lot of hard work on your part to get this task accomplished. Remember to try your best to be as open minded as possible. When you have finally decided what type of mechanic you want to be you can then start you search for a school to attend. It is very important to do your homework when it comes to choosing a school. Some programs will train you and administer the certification test as well, while others only offer training and will not certify you. You should look for a program that will train and certify you. This way when your course is completed you will be leaving the school as a certified trained mechanic.