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Automotive training prepares students for automotive jobs as service technicians and mechanics. Studying automotive technology may also be a great career path for individuals seeking to open their own automotive repair shop. While a post secondary degree is not required for an entry level position, many dealerships and similar settings prefer hiring automotive service technicians who have been formally trained. Many employers also require industry certification once hired.

Automotive Training – What to expect

Many automotive training programs can be completed in a little less than a year. Concentrations include Automotive Technology, Collision Repair and Refinish Technology, and Diesel and Industrial Technology.

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Automotive Service Technician

What is an Automotive Service Technician?

An Automotive Service Technician makes sure to maintain vehicles that come in a shop through cleaning and servicing them. A technician also drives vehicles to different locations. Most automotive service technicians work in repair shops and deal with greasy parts and tools.

What does an Automotive Service Technician do?

  • Complete vehicle services through window washing, changing tires, keeping tire air up to level, check filters, coolant, and window cleaner.
  • Wash and polish vehicle exterior, vacuum and polish interior, remove trash.
  • Drive and park vehicles in the repair shop.
  • Organize work by reviewing daily requirements; checking and gathering supplies.
  • Participate in educational opportunities.
  • Accomplishes maintenance and organization mission by completing related results as needed.

Pros & Cons of becoming an Automotive Service Technician

    Pros:

  • Although it is more common for employers to want employees with a degree, and most employees are required to have a certification, this is a field that requires less schooling than other professions.
  • Less required schooling makes it a quicker process to get to the point where you are ready to start your full or part time position as an Automotive Service Technician.

    Cons:

  • An Automotive Service Technician (also called a Service Technician) often works with with greasy tools and parts, and regularly works in uncomfortable positions.
  • A Service Technician’s salary tends to be fairly low. In May 2014 the median annual wage was slightly less than $40,000.

Automotive Service Technician School

You can become an Automotive Service Technician with a high school diploma, but because automotive technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, more and more employers are wanting workers who have a degree in automotive service and mechanics. You would receive this training in a postsecondary institution and receive a certification.

Auto Mechanic

What is an Auto Mechanic?

An Auto Mechanic inspects, maintains, and repairs a vehicle. Repairs can be to the body of the vehicle, engine, electrical, or computer system.

What does an Auto Mechanic do?

  • Inspection and maintenance of a vehicle.
  • Check tire pressure, replace parts, check the brakes, troubleshoot and diagnose problems.
  • Lift heavy equipment, refinish valve seats, dismount tires, etc.
  • Diagnose problems and repairs for cars, trucks, buses, mowers, tractors, farm equipment, etc.
  • Use mig, tig, and gas to design, weld, and fabricate steel

Pros and Cons of being an Auto Mechanic

    Pros:
  • Auto Mechanics possesses high levels of deductive reasoning skills.
  • Some automobile issues may be hard to diagnose, but the challenge of finding the solution tends to provide satisfaction to the mechanic.
    Cons:
  • Similar to an Automotive Service Technician, Auto Mechanics tend to be on the lower end of the pay scale.
  • The job can sometimes be stressful because Auto Mechanics are expected to figure out an issue quickly and correctly.
  • They also often have to tell the customer a price prior to doing the work and may run into other issues once they get started.

Auto Mechanic School

Repair shops require graduation from high school with a completion of a trade school apprenticeship program that includes on-the-job work. Preferred education includes an ASE certification as master mechanic; certified welder, and Experience in welding.

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