Working as an Automotive Technician

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Like various blue collar employments, progressions in technology have amplified the educational background and technical demands of car mechanics and automotive technicians. Also, the cars are so technologically augmented today that drivers take it as an impossible job to maintain them anymore. Thus, the significance of automotive technicians is escalating day by day. In the year of 2002, around 818,000 technicians were employed and now the number has climbed to a surprising level.

Job description of automotive service technician

The major duty of an automotive technician is to implement competence to identify and fix different automotive problems accurately and swiftly. The responsibilities of an automotive technician include:

•    Repairing worn or broken mechanical components
•    Writing the estimations of repair work done on a damaged car
•    Maintaining service and repair record
•    Testing automobiles both after and before repair
•    Installing systems, components and equipments
•    Repairing fixtures, circuits and electrical wiring

The automobile industry has evolved gradually from mechanical refurbishing into very advanced computer technology. With computer and electronic systems being flaunted in today's running cars, automotive technicians should have progressively more broad ideas of new advanced vehicle technologies. 

Most automotive technicians work for around 40 hours in a week in automobile maintenance and repair shops, car retailers and dealers of accessories, automotive parts and supplies.

Qualifications and requirements

As far as academic qualifications of automotive service technician are concerned, they should have their high standard passing certificate along with a one year of two year course in pertinent fields like motorsports, diesel service, transmission technician, refinishing technology and collision repair and heavy duty power trains and suspensions.

Training and prior experience

In order to boost up the chances of getting a high paying automotive technician job, one should have sufficient training in vehicle repair and maintenance.  Having prior work experience is a great way of opening up more possibilities of getting the particular job you want.   


The wages for automotive technicians may vary from one technician to other on the basis of individual experience, location and skills. In the year of 2002, the salary range for technicians was around 16,900 dollars to 52,400 dollars.  The mean wages were around 10.61 dollars to 19.84 dollars for each hour with mean annual pay of approx 30,600 dollars. Moreover, besides minimum weekly wages, highly experienced automotive technicians also receive commissions generally on the basis of labor worth assessed to the client.

Career prospective

The job development is primarily credited to the overall growth in population which is estimated to increase demand for cars. The trend of single families is becoming common increasingly and this growth is likely to add more to boost up car sales and jobs in the automobile industry.

A career as an automotive technician is fast paced and competitive. The demand and pay range for these technicians is increasing each year. If one is keen in cars and wants an ever varying vocation, then becoming an automotive technician can really be a great option for you.
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