Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic

What do Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics do?

Automotive service technicians or mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles. In larger businesses, they may specialize
 in certain areas, such as brakes, transmissions, or air conditioning systems. Auto techs work on traditional mechanical components; however, they must 
also be familiar with a growing number of electronic systems controlled primarily 
by computers and electronic components. 

Average Wage

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Experienced Wage

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As an Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic you will:

Perform basic care and maintenance, including oil change, tune-up, and tire rotation
Repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads and wheel bearings
Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
Explain to clients their automotive problems and the repairs done on their vehicles

Training & Educational Opportunities

Employers usually require completion of an occupational certificate program, and either manufacturer-specific training or a credential from an industry recognized certifying organization such as the National Institute for Automotive Service excellence (ASE). Programs usually last six months to a year or more and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice.

 

Training Providers

  • College of DuPage
  • Elgin Community College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • Waubonsee Community College

 

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Types of Employers

  • Auto dealerships
  • Automotive groups
  • Private auto garages
  • Transportation corporations
  • Vehicle maintenance departments

Opportunities for specialization and advancement:

  • Engine and Transmission Specialist
  • Diagnostic Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Master Mechanic