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Working As A Certified 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

  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Technician Do

Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.

Duties

Automotive service technicians and mechanics typically do the following:

  • Identify problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience
  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires
  • Repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads, wheel bearings, and sensors
  • Perform repairs to manufacturer and customer specifications
  • Explain automotive problems and repairs to clients

Although service technicians work on traditional mechanical systems, such as engines, transmissions, and drivebelts, they must also be familiar with a growing number of electronic systems. Braking, transmission, and steering systems, for example, are controlled primarily by computers and electronic components.

Other integrated electronic systems, such as accident-avoidance sensors, are becoming common as well. In addition, a growing number of technicians are required to work on vehicles that consume alternative fuels, such as ethanol and electricity.

Service technicians use many different tools, including computerized diagnostic tools and power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding torches, and jacks and hoists. These tools usually are owned by their employers.

Service technicians also use many common hand tools, such as wrenches, pliers, and sockets and ratchets. Service technicians generally own these tools themselves. In fact, experienced workers often have thousands of dollars invested in their personal tool collection. For example, some invest in their own set of pneumatic tools—such as impact wrenches—powered by compressed air.

The following are examples of types of service technicians:

Automotive air-conditioning technicians install and repair air-conditioners and parts, such as compressors, condensers, and controls. These workers must be trained and certified in handling refrigerants.

Brake technicians diagnose brake system problems, adjust brakes, replace brake rotors and pads, and make other repairs on brake systems. Some technicians specialize in both brake and front-end work. (See “Front-end technicians.”) 

Drivability technicians, also known as diagnostic technicians, use their extensive knowledge of engine management and fuel, electrical, ignition, and emissions systems to diagnose issues that prevent engines from performing efficiently. They often use the onboard diagnostic system of a car and electronic testing equipment such as scan tools and multimeters to find the malfunction.

Front-end technicians diagnose ride, handling, and tire wear problems. To correct these problems, they frequently use special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.

Transmission technicians and rebuilders work on gear trains, couplings, hydraulic pumps, and other parts of transmissions. An extensive knowledge of computer controls and the ability to diagnose electrical and hydraulic problems are needed to work on these complex components.

For information about technicians who work on large trucks and buses, see the profile on diesel service technicians and mechanics.

For information about technicians who work on farm equipment, construction vehicles, and railcars, see the profile on heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians.

For information about technicians who repair and service motorcycles, motorboats, and small all-terrain vehicles, see the profile on small engine mechanics.

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How To Become A Certified 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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Certified Technician Career Paths

Certified Technician
Technician Team Leader Assistant Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Specialist Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor Consultant
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Master Technician Shop Foreman Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Master Technician Shop Foreman
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Master Technician Shop Foreman Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Consultant Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Specialist Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Driver Electrician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Foreman Hvac Technician
Senior Service Technician
6 Yearsyrs
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Certified Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

66.8%

Female

23.5%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.5%

Urdu

4.0%

Hindi

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

German

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Mandarin

2.4%

French

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Armenian

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Hmong

0.8%

Hungarian

0.8%

Bosnian

0.8%

Lithuanian

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%
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Certified Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

23.9%

University of Phoenix

15.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.4%

The Academy

4.8%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

4.2%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Houston Community College

3.7%

Columbus State Community College

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%

University of Northwestern Ohio

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

Remington College

2.8%

Liberty University

2.8%

University of Utah

2.5%

Kent State University

2.5%

Cuyahoga Community College

2.5%

Brookdale Community College

2.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.5%

University of Louisville

2.5%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

18.5%

Business

15.4%

Computer Science

6.8%

Information Technology

5.9%

Nursing

4.8%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

General Studies

3.8%

Pharmacy

3.6%

Psychology

3.5%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Biology

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Communication

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Management

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

35.7%

Bachelors

27.8%

Associate

19.9%

Certificate

6.8%

Masters

5.4%

Diploma

3.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$25,000
Min 10%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
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$44,000
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$44,000
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$44,000
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$44,000
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$75,000
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Best Paying Company
Kroger
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Certified Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Certified Technician in the United States is $44,084 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $75,000.

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Top Skills for A Certified Technician

  1. Customer Service
  2. Technical Support
  3. Computer Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide excellent customer service by greeting customers, answering questions, and presenting maintenance recommendations.
  • Provide basic technical support for clients; programming cardiac monitors and troubleshooting monitors, and identifying defective monitoring equipment.
  • Provided consultative troubleshooting services, diagnosing issues and repairing computer hardware and software.
  • Performed maintenance and safety inspections on customer vehicles to ensure reliability and safety.
  • Experience and training in comprehensive automotive preventative maintenance services.

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