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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Career Video



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dotAn automotive technician is a motor vehicle mechanic who can use the latest diagnostic equipment to assess what's wrong with a vehicle -- and then fix it!

dotCars and trucks have never been more complicated to fix. The engines are more complex and are governed by the use of electronic components. That means automotive technicians must have lots of technological savvy and computer know-how, along with strong mechanical skills.

dotDue to the complexity of today's motor vehicles, auto service techs are specializing in various areas of repair. Areas of specialty include engine and fuel systems, transmission systems, air conditioning, cooling and heating systems, brakes, drive lines, suspension, electrical and electronic systems or diagnostic services.

"Automotive technicians can be generalists, but we're seeing an increase in those who specialize," says Stan Abrahamson, an automotive programs coordinator.

dotAutomobile techs should enjoy seeing how things work, tinkering, doing things with their hands and solving problems, according to the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

dotThis work is very physical. Auto techs are required to do heavy lifting, stooping and bending. As well, auto technicians often work with potentially hazardous equipment and materials, such as torches, jacks and flammable substances.

dotMost automotive technicians work a regular 40-hour week. Many also work evening and weekend shifts. They can also be on call for emergency repairs.

dotAuto techs work in every part of the automotive service industry. They work at car and truck dealerships, independent garages, service stations and service franchises. They may work on fleets of vehicles for public transit authorities and trucking firms.

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At a Glance

Use the latest diagnostic equipment to assess what's wrong with a vehicle and fix it

  • Some computer skills are needed for this job
  • Auto techs are required to do heavy lifting, stooping and bending
  • A diploma from an automotive service program will aid you well in your future career