If you’ve always dreamed of an automotive technician job working on exotic Italian cars, your dreams may be easier to achieve than you thought. While you may be aware that Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM are in the same brand family, did you know that they’re all owned by Fiat? In addition to these classic American brands, Fiat also owns Maserati, SRT, Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo.
As a result, getting your Fiat dealership certification can actually be done through Chrysler’s MOPAR CAP (Career Automotive Program). Completing this intensive two-year program will mean that you are eligible for a number of automotive tech jobs, and that your chances of landing a job with a higher than average auto mechanic salary are much better, as well.
And, because all of these names fall under the same brand family, getting Fiat certified through MOPAR CAP will mean that you will be certified with Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM dealerships, as well.
Fiat technician certification and MOPAR CAP
Because MOPAR is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), it is no longer focused solely on Chrysler products, but also on Fiats, as well, and MOPAR CAP is one of the most respected auto mechanic schools in the United States. Not only that, but MOPAR has partnered with automotive schools, trade schools, and community colleges around the country to bring MOPAR CAP to students everywhere who want to become professional, qualified mechanics working on Fiats and Chrysler vehicles.
Students who graduate from MOPAR CAP leave with the education, skills, and experience necessary to bring superior value to their new employers at Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, and Jeep dealerships and service centers. Whether you want to work at a large dealership and specifically focus on Fiats or you are interested in mechanic jobs at independent repair shops, you cannot beat the level of academic and hands-on learning you’ll get with MOPAR CAP.
What to expect from MOPAR CAP when getting your Fiat dealership certification
The MOPAR CAP curriculum is designed to integrate academic learning with hands-on experience. Thus, during odd semesters (semesters one, three, five, etc.), you’ll be on campus at your auto mechanic school, learning in lecture-style classes. During even semesters, you’ll be working and getting training in a Fiat or Chrysler dealership.
To make this program possible, students must be sponsored by a Fiat or Chrysler dealership, which will be the dealership where they get their course credit hours for their even semesters. Students may also work at Jeep, RAM, or Dodge dealerships, but if you’re interested in your Fiat dealership certification, you’ll likely want to find a Fiat dealership or a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealership that services both Fiat and Chrysler vehicles.
With a combination of classroom education and dealership experience, by the time you graduate from MOPAR CAP, you’ll have the knowledge and expertise you need to start in any entry-level automotive technician job you want, and you’ll have a much greater chance of climbing to achieve the best auto mechanic salary possible.
Is MOPAR CAP right for you?
The best MOPAR CAP students have:
High mechanical aptitude Good math skills Computer proficiency Communication skills The ability to work well with others
They’re also not afraid to get their hands dirty, and they show very good attention to detail. If this sounds like you, then you might want to enroll in MOPAR CAP to become a Fiat dealership certified auto technician.
A bright future as a Fiat technician
In addition to owning several other brands, Fiat is also becoming more and more popular in the US for its own models. Graduating from MOPAR CAP will give you the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to do well in any Chrysler, Dodge, or other car dealership, and it could put you in the position of being a better candidate than others for auto technician jobs at Fiat dealerships, giving you even more opportunities to make a higher auto mechanic salary.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Get Fiat Dealership Certified and was authored by Valerie Johnston.