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How do online automotive classes compare to traditionally conducted classes?

I am interested in taking free online auto mechanic classes but not without doing a bit of research concerning their credibility. I did not have a chance to pursue higher education after high school to earn employable skills. However, I also want convenient learning because my daily schedule and budget are very tight. Nonetheless, I am worried because I do not know how potential employers would view my internet course in comparison with full-time in-person classes.

What do know about online automotive classes?

Frank Nichols

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Jodi Brooks on April 18, 2018

I will base this answer on my knowledge and personal experience rather than proven facts. If carefully selected, automotive classes online may give learners exceptional value. However, I can’t firmly say that they have reached a level where they can sufficiently replace the good old traditional classroom learning.

Any employer, understandably, would be worried about hiring you with an online certification and your word of mouth to boot. Even if you do possess all the necessary skills, there is a lot of competition in the job market, and no employer would be willing to risk hiring you.

Mastering how mechanics work requires getting your hands dirty, and a lot of it. No matter how many YouTube videos you watch on small engine repair, you cannot correctly repair an actual engine without practical experience.

Consequently, practice is the main drawback for engineering internet courses. However, theory-based areas such as accounting, auditing, and entrepreneurship can adequately be learned online. Such courses only require ample course notes and video classes for students to excel.

Now the problem comes with convenience. If taking an online course is not adequate then your next question is what else you can do to gain skills in automotive engineering and become employable. Well, there is a way.

When online and distance learning first came into existence, only those seeking additional/ continuing education started enrolling. Nobody was ready to invest in an online school for their first degree, diploma or certificate. With time, however, people began partially learning online before eventually going to complete online learning.

What this means is that you can decide to take free auto mechanic classes online and supplement them with practical in-person courses in a college. For example, paying for fewer courses in a vocational institution is considerably cheaper than enrolling for a full-time program.

Additionally, since you will have fewer classes to attend, you can comfortably fit them into your schedule. Of course, you will need to make a sacrifice. For example, you might need one hour in the evening every day or three times a week to attend your classes. I assure, in the end, it will all be worth it.  

I do not usually recommend that learners pay for courses you can otherwise find free on the Internet. So, unless a platform is well supported by trusted sources, just be careful before you pay for anything.

Hope this will help you!

Eric Bates2 years ago

I also think you should be careful with the kind online automotive classes you choose. Though I’m not particularly knowledgeable in the fields of engineering, I have seen friends and colleagues being swindled from their hard-earned money by bogus online courses.

Even if you choose a free program and think you don’t risk losing anything, remember that your time is valuable too. Would you like to invest your energy and time during three months and gain nothing useful? As you might already realize, I’m not a great admirer of online classes unless regulations are more stringent to ensure the quality of course standards.

I would recommend a community college near you. Most of these schools offer a variety of vocational and technical programs that are affordable and flexible to anyone who has a high school diploma. Many, if not all, will only ask you to sit for a placement test.


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