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Why Should I Specialize as a Volvo Mechanic?

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Volvo is a Swedish company founded in 1927 and sold to Ford in 1999. They have a reputation for quality workmanship, excellent performance, and high value retention. The company philosophy is safety first, making this a dependable family car. Today, Volvo produces automobile models including SUVs, wagons, sedans, compact executive sedans, and coupes. There are 2,500 dealerships worldwide; and 30 percent of overall sales are generated in the U.S.

Volvo reliability is legendary. One well-documented case cites a 1966 Volvo with mileage exceeding 2.6 million miles. The average length of time a Volvo is retained by the original owner is 18.6 years, exceeded only by Mercedes.

In 2007, sales of Volvo's high-end cars hit an all-time high of 458,323. A company-wide refocus on sustainable technology to concentrate on the environment will see Volvo launching a new line of DRIVe cars, economical diesel variations of the C30, S40, and V50 models offering far greater fuel efficiency and fewer carbon monoxide emissions. Another entry into the green market is the ReCharge Concept Car, an electric hybrid, rechargeable using any wall socket.

A great way to get started is to get a well-rounded education coupled with some practical, hands-on experience in a related field. Start with a basic education in auto mechanics, offered at many high schools, and progress to a Volvo-specific program. While working on the education, find a part time or summer job at a parts store, a dealership, or an auto repair shop where getting familiar with the customer service, machinery, tools, job requirements, and routine can occur, even if not actively working as a repair technician.

Volvo Mechanics make higher-than-standard wage due to the specialized training involved. Most Volvo-trained mechanics will work at a dealership, either specifically Volvo or a non-specific luxury car dealer. Some repair shops also specialize in luxury and sports cars. Graduates of the Volvo Service Automotive Factory Education (SAFE) program earn factory credentials, which typically takes five to ten years off of your training cycle and puts you on the fast track for rapid promotion. Each credential represents one course.

One of the best reasons to consider working directly for Volvo is the educational opportunity. Volvo has partnered with Universal Technical Institute to develop a Volvo-specific curriculum, which is offered free to employees. This program is not available to everyone; in order to qualify a candidate must demonstrate exceptional ability. But it's certainly worth it. With this certification you become a member of an elite group of Master Mechanic Specialists, a position that pays top dollar. Before being considered for this program, and probably before a reasonable expectation of getting hired is had, completing a basic course of study is in order. UTI's Automotive Technology core program, for example, takes one year to complete.

The salary range for a Volvo mechanic varies with education and experience. An entry-level mechanic just starting out can expect to earn $25,000-$35,000. Someone with the experience, education and skills to qualify as a master mechanic will earn $60,000-$100,000 and up.

Universal Technical Institute has nine campuses across the country that offer the education needed to get started on a career as a Volvo mechanic:

Universal Technical Institute

Volvo Service Automotive Factory Education (SAFE) Program

Locations:

UTI - Avondale, AZ
10695 W. Pierce St.
Avondale, AZ 85323
Toll Free 1-800-510-5845

Please note: While you can attend any UTI campus for the core automotive program, only the Arizona facility offers the Volvo Service Automotive Factory Education (SAFE) Program.

UTI - Orlando, Florida
2202 W. Taft Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32837
Toll Free 1-800-514-4337

UTI - Rancho Cucamonga, California
9494 Haven Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730-5843
Toll Free: 1-800-508-1658

UTI - Sacramento, California
4100 Duckhorn Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95834-2588
Toll Free: 1-800-508-1153

UTI - Glendale Heights, Illinois
601 Regency Dr.
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
Toll Free: 1-877-201-2555

UTI - Exton, Pennsylvania
750 Pennsylvania Dr.
Exton, PA
Toll Free: 1-800-514-3554

UTI - Norwood, Massachusetts
1 Upland Rd. Building 200
Norwood, MA 02062-1546
Toll Free: 1-877-201-2578

NASCAR Technical Institute- Charlotte, NC
220 Byers Creek Rd.
Mooresville, NC 28117-4378
Toll Free: 1-877-201-2597

UTI - Houston, Texas
721 Lockhaven Dr.
Houston, TX 77073-5515
Toll Free: 1-800-510-5072

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