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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Quick Facts : Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics*
2010 Median Pay$35,790
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012723,400
Job Outlook17% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change124,800


Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. They work on traditional mechanical components, such as engines, transmissions, belts, and hoses. They must also be familiar with a growing number of electronic systems.

What Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Do

  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they are working properly
  • Identify mechanical problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Use testing equipment to ensure that repairs and maintenance are effective
  • Explain to clients their automotive problems and the repairs done on their vehicles

Work Environment

Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although mechanical problems can often be fixed with computers, technicians perform many tasks with greasy parts and tools, while sometimes in uncomfortable positions.
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Job Outlook

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. The majority of job openings will be in automobile dealerships and independent repair shops, where most service technicians currently work.
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Pay

The median annual wage of automotive service technicians and mechanics was $35,790 in May 2010.
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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

35790

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics*
Percent Change in Employment

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

17.2519

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Vocational or other postsecondary training program in automotive service technology is considered the best preparation for entry-level positions. Programs usually last 6 months to a year and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Short-term certificate programs in a particular skill are also available.
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