One of the areas of automotive technician jobs that some people overlook is that of smog technician. A number of mechanics all around the country choose to get their smog technician certification, as it can increase their potential for employment and retention of a job. They can also work toward getting their garage certified so they can perform smart testing on site. In some cases, they may also perform repairs on vehicles that are unable to pass their smog tests.
While this can be a good option for those who want to increase their employment potential, it is essential to have training for a job and to get certified.
Preparation for the exam to increase the chance of passing the first time
As with any type of test for certification, whether or not you pass is generally determined by the amount of time you put in preparing for the exam. The information covered through courses is going to be the information that you need when it comes time to take and pass the exam. Therefore, it is important to pay attention and to take notes. Instead of merely memorizing facts, it is important to understand the concept behind those facts, as it will make understanding the job and actually learning what you need for certification much easier.
When it comes time to take the certification exam, be sure to read all of the questions and answers slowly and carefully. You are not going to find trick questions, but if you do not read carefully you might place the wrong answer down by mistake. Study hard and go slow, and you will do well on the exam to get certified.
Once you have your certification, you will find that there are more automotive technician jobs available, as you can now work at testing facilities, as well as shops that perform repair for these problems.
Vehicle emissions control requirements in Vermont
Each year, vehicles in the state of Vermont will undergo a vehicle inspection. During this time, vehicles that are from 1996 or newer will have their on-board diagnostic systems checked to make sure that the vehicle is within the allowed emissions range. If the vehicle’s system detects a problem with the emissions, then it will send a diagnostic trouble code to the computer’s memory. If the vehicle is unable to pass emissions testing, it will need to go to a repair shop.
In some cases, the certified smog technician that runs the test can also provide repairs. However, this is not always the case. Some garages will only do testing, and some will only do repairs.
When the vehicle goes to the repair shop, a technician will look up the diagnostic trouble codes that have been stored in the computer to get a better idea of what the problem might be in relation to the emissions. This can help them to pinpoint the problem so they can take care of it quickly. Those who are training to become certified smog technicians will spend time understanding the OBD system, as well as what it takes to make repairs on the vehicle.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Get Smog Technician Certified in Vermont and was authored by Valerie Johnston.