AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIANS inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks. They run tests to find problems and then make needed adjustments and repairs. They replace defective parts or parts beyond repair. During routine service, technicians inspect, lubricate, and adjust engines and other parts. They also repair or replace parts to prevent a breakdown. They usually follow a checklist to make sure that they examine all the important parts. Belts, hoses, plugs, brake and fuel systems, and other potentially troublesome items are among those closely watched.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $46,000 average per year ($22.00 per hour)
- A large occupation (603,100 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow slowly (0.5% per year)
Employers prefer to hire AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIANS who have completed a formal training program in high school or in a post-secondary vocational school. These programs are also offered in community colleges. Some automotive technicians still learn the trade on the job from experienced workers. Voluntary certification by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is available in one or more of eight service areas, such as electrical systems, engine repair, and brake systems. Master technicians must be certified in all eight areas.