Automotive Service Technician

Automotive Service Technicians diagnose service, repair and replace all parts of automobiles, light trucks and light buses, except for body repair and repainting.

What do Automotive Service Technicians do on the job?

  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisor.
  • Inspect motor in operation, road test motor vehicle, and test automotive systems and components using computerized diagnostic and other testing devices.
  • Adjust, repair or replace parts and components of automotive systems using hand tools and other specialized automotive repair equipment.
  • Advise customers on work performed, general vehicle conditions and future repair requirements.

Some important attributes of automotive service technicians are: good hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, time management skills, logical thinking and decision making skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to educate themselves as technology advances.

Experienced automotive service technicians may advance to shop foreman or service manager positions. Some technicians may open their own garage or automotive specialty shop. With additional training, technicians can transfer their skills and knowledge to related occupations such as automotive instructor, partsperson, truck and transport mechanic, agricultural equipment technician or heavy duty equipment technician.

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