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What Does an Auto Mechanic Do?

More than 90% of American households own a vehicle, so it’s no surprise that the people who keep them running are in high demand. Auto mechanics — also known as automotive service technicians and mechanics — inspect, maintain and repair cars and light trucks. They perform a wide variety of services including computer diagnostics, safety inspections, maintenance tasks like oil changes, and a wide variety of repairs related to brakes, air conditioning, suspension, emission systems and more. Automotive technicians increasingly use highly sophisticated equipment and computer software as cars and trucks evolve.

Most technicians work in repair shops full-time and during normal business hours and may have a lot of interaction with customers.

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$ 22,000 - $ 69,000
$ 42,000
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Female auto mechanic uses an advanced computer with diagnostic software to inspect a vehicle
Auto mechanics rely on diagnostic tools and software to service cars and identify problems. (Credit: BAZA Production/Shutterstock)
A Day In the Life
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Auto mechanic Jake Sorenson shows two technicians how to fix something on a car
A Day In the Life

Sometimes, the right job finds you. 

“I had given very little to no thought to what I wanted to do prior to starting in this field,” says auto mechanic Jake Sorensen. The 32-year-old started in the field as lube technician when a friend offered him a job. He quickly realized this was the job he was meant to do. 

Now the shop manager and a diagnostic technician at a repair shop in Utah, he explains what everyone gets wrong about his job.

Job Responsibilities
  • Perform diagnostic tests on vehicles via tablet, laptop or mobile device
  • Perform preventative maintenance 
  • Determine issues and which parts need repair
  • Test drive vehicles
  • Effectively communicate to customers about needed repairs
  • Perform repairs 
  • Understand wiring diagrams and system tests
Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent for an entry-level or apprentice position. Independent repair shops provide on-the-job training as the employee works toward certification. It usually takes two to three years to become a certified technician.

Community colleges and trade school offer programs. Classes include mathematics, electronics and automotive repair. Dealerships also offer in-house manufacturer training that's specific to a particular brand of vehicle.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is considered the top standard, with additional certification often required for specialty parts such as electronics, air conditioning or diesel engines. Additional certification translates into additional income opportunities. 

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Communicate well
  • Have good attention to detail 
  • Enjoy problem-solving
  • Have a keen sense of hearing
  • Have an aptitude for mechanical work

Auto Mechanic Training in Your Area

Coordinates

Automotive Technology, A.A.S.

Butler Community College
El Dorado (81.0 Miles)

Automotive Technology Certificate

Butler Community College
El Dorado (81.0 Miles)

Automotive Service Technology, A.A.S

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Automotive Service Technology Certificate

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Mopar Career Automotive Program, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training Program, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

General Motors Automotive Student Education Program, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Pro-Tech, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Toyota Technician Training and Education Network, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Truck Technician, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Automotive Technology Certificate

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Automotive Technology, A.A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Find Auto Mechanic Jobs in Your Area

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General Service Technician

Auto Plus Pep Boys
Tulsa ( 73.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months ago

General Service Technician

Auto Plus Pep Boys
Oklahoma City ( 150.8 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 4 weeks ago

General Service Technician

Auto Plus Pep Boys
Oklahoma City ( 150.8 ) Miles
Posted 3 months ago

General Service Technician

Auto Plus Pep Boys
Oklahoma City ( 155.1 ) Miles
Posted 2 days 11 hours ago

Automotive Client Specialist Technician

Cox Enterprises
Conway ( 229.6 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 4 weeks ago

Automotive Client Specialist Technician

Cox Auto Inc
Conway ( 229.6 ) Miles
Posted 6 months ago

Automotive Services Specialist

AAA of Southern California
Little Rock ( 248.8 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

General Service Technician

Auto Plus Pep Boys
Mckinney ( 273.4 ) Miles
Posted 6 days 11 hours ago