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Become An Auto Technician

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Working As An Auto Technician

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $48,560

    Average Salary

What Does An Auto Technician Do

An Auto Technician is responsible for providing service operations through inspecting and maintaining vehicles. This job involves verifying the serviceability of vehicles through conducting test drives and adjusting controls and systems.

How To Become An Auto Technician

Employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a formal training program at a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.

Education

High school courses in automotive repair, electronics, computers, and mathematics provide a good background for prospective service technicians. However, high school graduates typically need further training to become fully qualified.

Completing a vocational or other postsecondary education program in automotive service technology is considered the best preparation for entry-level positions. Programs usually last 6 months to a year and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Short-term certificate programs in a particular subject, such as brake maintenance or engine performance, are also available.

Some service technicians get an associate’s degree. Courses usually include mathematics, electronics, and automotive repair. Some programs add classes in customer service and other necessary skills.

Various automobile manufacturers and dealers sponsor associate’s degree programs. Students in these programs typically spend alternating periods attending classes full time and working full time in service shops under the guidance of an experienced technician.

Training

Service technicians who have graduated from postsecondary programs in automotive service technology generally require little on-the-job training.

Those who have not completed postsecondary education, however, generally start as trainee technicians, technicians’ helpers, or lubrication workers. They gradually acquire more knowledge and experience by working with experienced mechanics and technicians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. No formal test preparation is required, but many trade schools, unions, and employer associations offer training programs designed for the EPA exam.

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the standard credential for service technicians. Certification demonstrates competence and usually brings higher pay. Many employers require their service technicians to become certified.

ASE certification is available in nine different automobile specialty areas: automatic transmission/transaxle, brakes, light vehicle diesel engines, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air-conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and suspension and steering.

To become certified, technicians must have at least 2 years of experience (or relevant schooling and 1 year of experience) and pass an exam. Technicians who achieve certification in all of the foregoing areas (light vehicle diesel engine certification is not required) may earn ASE Master Technician status.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Service technicians must discuss automotive problems—along with options to fix them—with their customers. Because workers may depend on repeat clients for business, they must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Service technicians must be aware of small details when inspecting or repairing vehicle systems, because mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments or other easy-to-miss causes.

Dexterity. Service technicians perform many tasks that require steady hands and good hand-eye coordination, such as assembling or attaching components and subassemblies.

Mechanical skills. Service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often must take apart major parts for repairs and be able to put them back together properly.

Organizational skills. Service technicians must keep workspaces clean and organized in order to maintain safety and ensure accountability of parts.

Physical strength. Service technicians must sometimes lift and maneuver heavy parts such as engines and body panels.

Troubleshooting skills. Service technicians must be able to use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components in order to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

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Auto Technician Career Paths

Auto Technician
Mechanic Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Service Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Service Director Operations Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Assistant Service Manager Service Manager
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Operations Manager Sales Consultant
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Diesel Technician Shop Foreman Service Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Diesel Technician Maintenance Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Maintenance Supervisor Production Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Account Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Auto Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    93.0%
  • Female

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    1.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.7%
  • Asian

    6.8%
  • Unknown

    1.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    75.7%
  • German

    2.9%
  • Arabic

    2.9%
  • Swedish

    1.4%
  • Romanian

    1.4%
  • Cantonese

    1.4%
  • Dutch

    1.4%
  • Japanese

    1.4%
  • French

    1.4%
  • Amharic

    1.4%
  • Urdu

    1.4%
  • Carrier

    1.4%
  • Dakota

    1.4%
  • Polish

    1.4%
  • Thai

    1.4%
  • Navajo

    1.4%
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Real Auto Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Auto Technician BWL Management, Inc. Germantown, MD Aug 15, 2012 $55,245
Auto Technician Gill Enterprises Inc. T/A Aspen Shell Rockville, MD Apr 13, 2015 $45,739
Balance & Alignment Truck & Trailer Auto Technician Hodgkins Truck Center Co. Hodgkins, IL Dec 14, 2016 $45,344
Auto Technician S&A Service Center Inc. Lanham, MD Jan 22, 2010 $44,578
Auto Technician S&A Service Center Inc. Lanham, MD Feb 18, 2010 $44,578
Auto Technician S&A Service Center Inc. Lanham, MD Jun 07, 2010 $44,578
Auto Technician Dupont Automotive, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2016 $44,000
Auto Technician Amar MK, Inc. Falls Church, VA Jan 29, 2009 $43,159
Auto Technician Quarterfield Service Center, LLC Glen Burnie, MD Jan 19, 2011 $42,078
Auto Technician Commercial Ave Auto Repair Corp. Ridgefield, NJ Oct 22, 2014 $41,662
Auto Technician M&A Auto Inc. New Castle, DE May 13, 2010 $37,856
Auto Technician Ghanomo, LLC Baltimore, MD Dec 08, 2009 $37,378
Auto Technician B & C Auto Repair Corp. East Orange, NJ Oct 16, 2009 $37,190
Auto Technician Najjar Lube Centers, Inc. San Dimas, CA Jun 13, 2016 $37,045
Auto Technician Chicago Cars Direct, LLC Addison, IL Dec 08, 2010 $35,963
Auto Technician/Mechanic 40 West Lube N Tune Catonsville, MD Feb 08, 2008 $34,310
Auto Technician/Mechanic 40 West Lube N Tune CO Nov 15, 2007 $34,310
Auto Tech Mechanica Star Motors Laguna Niguel, CA May 13, 2008 $33,434 -
$33,455
Auto Technician Kings Motors, Inc. High Point, NC Jul 20, 2010 $31,741
Auto Technician Kings Motors, Inc. High Point, NC Jul 08, 2010 $31,741
Auto Technician Certified Auto Care Upland, CA Mar 12, 2009 $30,157
Auto Technician Singh Auto World MD Oct 15, 2008 $28,995
Auto Technician Singh Auto World Allentown, PA Apr 22, 2009 $28,995

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Top Skills for An Auto Technician

CustomerVehiclesEngineRepairImportantPartsOilChangesCustomerServiceDiagnosticEquipmentDiagnosisCarSafetyTechnicalManualsPreventiveMaintenanceTireRotationAirCompressorsElectricalSystemsMalfunctionsEngineTune-UpsASEGeneralMaintenanceDrivabilityMaintenanceServicesLube

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Top Auto Technician Skills

  1. Customer Vehicles
  2. Engine Repair
  3. Important Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspected and Repaired customer vehicles Inspected and repaired new and used vehicles for sale.
  • Tire changes, oil changes, transmission service, coolant flushes, electrical, engine repair, and vehicle inspection.
  • Followed checklists to verify that all important parts were examined.
  • Oil changes, ordering and organizing.
  • Contributed to repeat and referral business by using strong customer service and problem solving skills.

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