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Automotive Service Technician

Career Highlights

  • Repair cars, trucks and other automotive equipment
  • Troubleshoot problems, order parts, and perform vehicle maintenance.
  • Stay ahead of advancing technology

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Career Summary

As automotive work has evolved from simple mechanical repair to a high-technology job, mechanics in automotive service are more frequently called automotive service technicians rather than mechanics.

This is because computers have become commonplace in modern repair shops. Service technicians diagnose problems in part by comparing the readouts from computerized diagnostic testing devices with the benchmarked standards given by the manufacturer of the components being tested. Because cars today have electronic systems and complex computers, technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how the components of vehicles work and interact. The increasing sophistication of automotive technology now requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional mechanic's tools.

Characteristically, technicians will examine, adjust and lubricate engine components during a tuneup. Preventive maintenance, like replacing an old part, helps prevent a component failure from damaging other parts of the vehicle. Normally a checklist is used to ensure the technician has checked all the important parts of the vehicle that must be watched, such as belts, hoses, plugs, as well as brake and fuel systems.

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Automotive technology is rapidly increasing in sophistication, and most training authorities strongly recommend that persons seeking automotive service technician and mechanic jobs complete a formal training program.

The ASE certification is a nationally recognized standard for programs. For trainee automotive service technician jobs, employers look for people with strong communication and analytical skills. Technicians need good reading, mathematics, and computer skills to study technical manuals and to keep abreast of new technology and learn new service and repair procedures and specifications.

Career Skills

  • Basic Electricity
  • Basic Engine/Motor Maintenance
  • Basic Equipment / Tool Use
  • Basic Vehicle Maintenance
  • Control Circuit Wiring
  • Dealing with Customer Complaints
  • Engine Electrical and Ignition Systems Diagnostic Repair
  • Fluid Power Systems Diagnosing / Repair
  • Measurement (Mechanical)
  • Voltmeter Operation
  • Customer Service Fundamentals
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
  • Stress Management Skills
  • Time & Priority Management
  • Workplace Math

Additional Information

Find Automotive Training Near You

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Automotive Mechanic Careers

Auto Mechanic Schools

ASE Certification



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