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What’s it all about: Automotive technicians inspect, maintain, and repair cars, and light trucks. They perform routine service on vehicles to keep them running smoothly. They inspect, adjust, and replace a vehicle’s parts. Technicians must be able to diagnose the cause of a vehicle’s problem quickly and correctly. When vehicles are not working properly, technicians talk to owners about the symptoms of the problem. They use various tools to get their work accomplished. They may use power tools such as pneumatic wrenches to remove bolts quickly, lathes and grinding machines to rebuild brakes, welding and flame-cutting equipment to remove and repair exhaust systems, jacks and hoists to lift cars and engines, and screwdrivers and pliers to work on small parts. They also use high-tech infrared engine analyzers and computerized diagnostic devices. “There’s a crisis-level shortage of technicians in the auto industry. About 60,000 worth. By the year 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about 168,000 automotive repair jobs alone will be created for some talented people. Why? Because cars now use computers and complex diagnostic systems to make them run longer, more efficiently and environmentally clean. The more complicated they get, the more skills they’ll require to design, evaluate and repair.” Scripps Howard, News Herald, 12/11/02

Study for success: You need knowledge in the following areas: automotive mechanics, computer and electronics, engineering and technology, physical science, and communications. Skills can be obtained through a career and technical high school program and community and technical colleges. Automobile manufacturers often sponsor two-year associate degree programs at colleges across the country. To become a certified technician in eight different service areas you need to pass written examinations and have at least two years of experience. Contact the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE),

Discover more: For more information look online:
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Ntl. Automobile Dealers Association
(Click on “Auto Shopping Online” then on “Careers at Dealerships.”)
Ntl. Automotive Technicians Ed. Foundation
(Click on “Career Info.”)

Related jobs: diesel truck and bus mechanics, motorcycle mechanics, automotive body repair technicians, repair service estimators, aircraft mechanical technician, industrial machining technicians, farm equipment technician.

For more information contact:

Paulette Howell

Career Development

Auburn Career Center

(440) 357-7542, ext. 239