Automobile Service Technicians

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 604,990 automotive service technicians and mechanics work in the United States.

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

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