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.
As an Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic you will:
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.
- College of DuPage
- Elgin Community College
- Joliet Junior College
- Universal Technical Institute
- Waubonsee Community College
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