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Working As A Repair 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 A Repair Technician Do

A Repair Technician is responsible for installing, adjusting, and repairing production equipment and other special machines. They work with a wide range of hand and power tools to repair, grease, cut, and weld the components of machines.

How To Become A Repair 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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Repair Technician Career Paths

Repair Technician
Service Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Engineering Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Technician Sales Consultant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Service Technician Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Software Engineer
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Lead Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Welder Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Business Analyst Product Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Operations Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Repair Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    85.5%
  • Female

    13.0%
  • Unknown

    1.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.2%
  • Asian

    7.4%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    55.1%
  • French

    5.8%
  • German

    5.5%
  • Japanese

    4.1%
  • Russian

    3.8%
  • Arabic

    3.1%
  • Vietnamese

    2.7%
  • Carrier

    2.4%
  • Polish

    2.1%
  • Mandarin

    1.7%
  • Korean

    1.7%
  • Ukrainian

    1.7%
  • Portuguese

    1.7%
  • Chinese

    1.7%
  • Hindi

    1.4%
  • Tagalog

    1.4%
  • Turkish

    1.0%
  • Nepali

    1.0%
  • Italian

    1.0%
  • Cantonese

    1.0%
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Real Repair Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Elevator Repair Technician Ac Elevator Industries Inc. NY Oct 23, 2015 $75,088
Repair Technician KAVO Dental Lake Zurich, IL Jan 09, 2008 $72,000
Wireless Repair Technician MOBO USA Corp Miami, FL Oct 18, 2010 $58,000
Phone Repair Technician G&G Solutions, Inc. Placentia, CA Nov 20, 2015 $57,866
Cable Repair Technician Cggveritas Services (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Nov 28, 2014 $55,910 -
$62,000
Maintenance and Repair Technician WEMA Vogtland America LLC Belvidere, IL Jul 15, 2011 $45,914 -
$75,132
Maintenance and Repair Technician WEMA Vogtland America LLC Belvidere, IL Aug 15, 2011 $45,914 -
$75,132
Hydraulic Repair Technician Controlled Motion Solutions, Inc. Burbank, CA Jun 06, 2016 $43,660
Maintenance & Repair Technician ATV Inc. La Mirada, CA Sep 06, 2016 $43,514
Auto Repair Technician & Mechanics Grand KH Lee. Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Jul 29, 2015 $43,118
Equipment Test and Repair Technician International Surveying Equipment Inc. Wesley Chapel, FL Oct 01, 2011 $42,000
Lead Woodwind Repair Technician/Technical Write Fix This! Musical Instrument Repair, Inc. Palatine, IL Sep 13, 2014 $40,000
Repair Technician A Carpet and Paint LLC Atlanta, GA Jul 16, 2015 $36,754
Musical Instrument Repair Technician L&L Music-Wind Shop, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Apr 05, 2011 $36,300
Musical Instrument Repair Technician L&L Music-Wind Shop, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Mar 18, 2011 $36,300
Musical Instrument Repair Technician L&L Music-Wind Shop, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Oct 07, 2010 $36,300
Maintenance & Repair Technician Borla Performance Industries Tn, Inc. Johnson City, TN Feb 21, 2012 $35,901
Autobody Repair Technician Eaton Paint and Body Specialist, LLC Eaton, CO Jun 12, 2008 $35,479 -
$39,653
Office Machine Repaire Tech. Theodore Markowitz Brea, CA Nov 19, 2007 $34,060
Repair Technician Estrella Mountain Pools Glendale, AZ May 07, 2016 $33,000

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Top Skills for A Repair Technician

DefectivePartsTroubleShootingHardwareCustomerServiceLaptopComputersSafetyComponentLevelRepairPreventiveMaintenancePersonalComputersElectronicEquipmentTestEquipmentPrintersTechnicalSupportHandToolsApplianceRepairWindowsDiagnosisCircuitBoardsDeliveryCellPhones

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Top Repair Technician Skills

  1. Defective Parts
  2. Trouble Shooting
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Disabled and reassembled components and replaced defective parts.
  • Trouble Shooting * Data Entry * Payments * Dispatching Techs * Incoming Calls * Customer Service
  • Determined the best solutions for customers having hardware and software problems with their systems and components.
  • Light Electrical Work, Repaired, Assembled, Installed Chandeliers and Various Light Fixtures also Performed Sales and Customer Service Duties
  • Repaired and testing of monitors, desktop, and laptop computers.

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