It may be tempting to tinker with your car on your own when it breaks down, but for most people, the only solution is to bring it in to an automotive service technician or mechanic. These technicians troubleshoot automobile problems. They inspect vehicles like a detective seeking clues… and replace old parts with the precision of a surgeon. While they use computers to diagnose some issues… inspecting parts and systems as they run through a long checklist…is typical. Mechanics also have a knack for translating car jargon for car owners who need advice on repair decisions. Service technicians work with a variety of tools and grease-covered auto parts… sometimes in uncomfortable positions. Standing all day, lifting heavy objects…. work for mechanics is physically demanding; they must take steps to prevent injuries. Mechanics work in car dealerships, auto repair shops, or may opt for self-employment. It is common for them to work on weekends, holidays, and to put in overtime. Employers prefer to hire technicians who have completed a vocational or post-secondary education program in automotive service technology, and they may also want you to earn industry certification later. It’s just the first step to a career where you can let your passion… drive you.
What they do:
Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
On the job, you would:
Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
Estimate costs of vehicle repair.
Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Hand and Finger Use
hold or move items with your hands
keep your arm or hand steady
pay attention to something without being distracted
quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Facilities management software
Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
Mitchell OnDemand5 Manager
Analytical or scientific software
Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm
Data base user interface and query software
Work order management software
certificate after high school or high school diploma/GED usually needed
Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:
Air-Conditioning Mechanic (auto service)
Automotive Technician Specialist
Automotive-Cooling-System Diagnostic Technician
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Green jobs will change the work and skills needed.