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Working As A Shop 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

  • $37,850

    Average Salary

What Does A Shop Technician Do At General Electric

* In the role of Shop Technician, you will:
* Be responsible for the pick-up and delivery of pumps while following established guidelines for transportation
* Perform tear down and repair of bottom hole pumps, inspection of pumps for corrosion wear & pitting, air testing, and pump out procedures used in the repairs
* Ensure compliance with all Environmental, Health & Safety procedures
* Perform general shop, shipping, receiving and counter duties as assigned by the Shop Manager or Lead
* Maintain warehouse in an orderly manner
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Shop Technician Do At Cummins Inc.

* Completes troubleshooting, repairs and rebuilds on engine products in a service workshop independently while coaching and developing less experienced technicians
* Applies documented procedures and policies to perform diagnostics and complex repairs
* Performs preventative maintenance based on assessment of engine
* Completes required documentation, such as work completed documents, time sheets, warranty claims and quality forms, via handwritten or business system input screens
* Completes training in line with skill and business requirements
* Coaches and develops technicians and/or apprentices and transfers knowledge and experience to others; may provide work direction; may review repair plans, parts lists, etc
* Maintains work area and tools for cleanliness and proper operation
* Adheres to and ensures adherence of more junior technicians to all relevant
* Health, Safety & Environmental policies, procedures and legislation and reports any issues / incidents to their supervisor

What Does A Shop Technician Do At Winter Park Resort

* This position description is an overview of the scope of responsibilities for the role described above.
* With the evolution of Winter Park Resort, the responsibilities of this position may change as may the dates associated with many of the tasks.
* During these times of change, this position requires the flexibility and willingness to accept new responsibilities and potentially transfer others.
* It will also be the responsibility of any employee of Winter Park Resort to be a positive influence on the transformation of the resort and its associated lines of business.
* Associated topics: automotive, customer service, diagnose, equipment, field service, maintenance, millwright, service technician, troubleshoot

What Does A Shop Technician Do At Komatsu Forklift USA, Inc.

* 1. Complete assigned jobs and task to meet flat rate times and re-do metric
* Work safely and follow all KEC/Customer safety policies and procedures
* Complete related paperwork and access databases require to complete job (work order, parts order, JSA, DBS, SIMS, SIS web, STW) accurately and timely
* Follow contamination control and HAZMAT rules and regulations
* Remove and install parts, disassemble and assemble components, and test and adjust assemblies with minimal supervision
* Ability to provide accurate quotes and pricing estimates to the customer
* Diagnose and troubleshoot problems, give recommendations for repairs
* Test and verify correct operation of all repairs and adjustments
* Apply general failure analysis and procedures to determine proper diagnosis

What Does A Shop Technician Do At Ricoh Americas Corporation

* Sets-up and preps all assigned equipment and performs operational checks making all necessary adjustments utilizing the Supply Chain Install/Return Checklist.
* Achieves productivity and quality standards.
* Analyzes and troubleshoots equipment failures to determine necessary corrective action.
* Maintains clean and organized workspace.
* Completes all required administrative tasks in an accurate and timely manner.
* Responsible for closing job in WMS - tracking hours to manage productivity.
* Responsible for control of company assets provided to them.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Shop 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.


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.


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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Top Skills for A Shop Technician


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Top Shop Technician Skills

  1. Order Parts
  2. Safety Equipment
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Take inventory of electrical shop and order parts as needed from outside contractors.
  • Refurbish or condemn safety equipment.
  • Provided customer service by meeting with clients to gain understanding of desired product outcome and ensuring customer needs were met.
  • Ensured all safety protocol was followed with company equipment as well as customer vehicles.
  • Performed minor repairs on generators and concrete equipment and preventative maintenance on truck engines.

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