Chances are if you're here reading this article, you've been bitten by the EFI tuning bug, and you are wondering how you can turn it into a career from just being a hobby.
Professional Tuning can be difficult to get into compared to other automotive fields. This is due to the fact there is no accredited qualification for it anywhere in the world, despite what some marketing might tell you. As such, finding quality tutors and guidance can be difficult to come by. So you're in the same position as many professional tuners have been before you!
Most tuners these days start gaining knowledge through online courses, or 1-on-1 lessons and then apply that knowledge to their own projects. It doesn't have to be a 1000hp big budget build either - just something that can be used to hone the craft, cement your skills, and appeal those skills to potential employers. Often this is a low powered, NA vehicle with plenty of aftermarket support. This will give you something to start learning with, all the while not costing the earth.
While this is underway, it is also common to start tuning your friends cars for free, and fellow members of your local car club. A lot of budding tuners have been known to help out at a local racetrack, even if it is just changing tyres. This helps with building a network to both gain experience from, and to eventually offer up your skills to.
From here many tuners find that it's actually easier to start their own business, but that really depends on your location and circumstances. It's not the perfect answer for everyone, and one of the the alternatives is to start ringing around local tuning workshops and seeing what positions are available. You might find that offering to come in for free in order to prove yourself, or gain more experience works well for both of you. Even if it is only for a few hours a week, it all adds up over time and helps you build those all-important contacts.
Another option is to visit some tuning workshops that you could see yourself working at, and ask them specifically what they would like to see from a potential tuner - even if they have no position vacant at the time. Most importantly, ask them what steps they would recommend you take to reach their standards. The more feedback the better - Every business and country is different, and this will give you a great idea of what your local industry values.
While becoming a professional tuner might take a bit of thought and planning, the knowledge and support that you need to get there is now readily available - unlike it was a few years ago.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you have, or even begin your journey with a some free lessons right here.