Automotive Service Technician Career Field

Career Overview

Automotive service technicians are also known as automotive mechanics. They are responsible to repair, maintain, and check/inspect  automotive vehicles that run on electricity, alternative fuels, and gasoline. Automotive service technicians perform routine maintenance to vehicles including oil changes, tire rotations, and spark plug changes. They also repair more complicated problems like issues with brakes and engines. Some automotive service technicians specialize in repairing specific areas of automotive vehicles like transmissions, engines, and heating and cooling systems.

Education Requirements

Vocational Diploma or Certification in Automotive Repair
Associate’s Degree in Automotive Repair

Employers like to hire automotive mechanics that have completed at least a certification or diploma training program in automotive repair through a community college or vocational training center. These programs are usually at least 6 months to less than two years in length. Even better, is an automotive service technician who has completed an associate’s degree in automotive repair ( 2 years). Automotive service repair programs are also often sponsored by specific car makers, allowing students to learn about specific car types.

CourseworkAutomotive Repair
Braking Systems
Transmission Systems
Automotive Engine Repair and Rebuilding
Automotive Routine Maintenance and Repair
Electrical Systems and Computerized Engine Controls

Certification & LicensingThe standard certification automotive service technician like to have is the ASE certification. This certification is offered in eight different areas of automotive service, such as electrical systems, engine repair, brake systems, suspension and steering, and heating and air-conditioning. To receive the certification, technicians must have at least 2 years of experience and pass the examination in a given area. Graduation from a vocational automotive service program can be substituted for 1 year of experience. A Master Automobile Technician, ASE certification requires technicians to pass all eight of the ASE exams.

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008: 763,700
Projected Employment in 2018: 799,600
Average Hourly Wages for automotive service technicians in U.S. in 2008: $16.88

Top CollegesPenn Foster Schools
Ashworth College
Stratford Career Institute
Lincoln Technical Institute
Universal Technical Institute

Related Jobs

Automotive body and related repairers
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Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
Small engine mechanics

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics




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  1. Posted September 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a good career despite the economy. People will always need their car to be in working order so they can go to work.

  2. Posted November 21, 2011 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    I am also agree

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