Automobile Service Technicians

Auto Mechanic Works on Car

Automobile service technicians, also known as automobile mechanics, maintain and repair cars, vans, small trucks, and other vehicles. Using both hand tools and specialized diagnostic test equipment, they pinpoint problems and make the necessary repairs or adjustments. In addition to performing complex and difficult repairs, technicians perform a number of routine maintenance procedures, such as oil changes, tire rotation, and battery replacement. Technicians interact frequently with customers to explain repair procedures and discuss maintenance needs. Approximately 647,380 automotive service technicians and mechanics work in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Automobile Mechanics
Duties Repair and maintain cars, vans, small trucks, and other vehicles
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship or part-time job
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Self-Employed, or Shop Foreman, or Service Manager
  • Specialist Automobile Service Technician
  • Generalist Automobile Service Technician

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