What does an Automotive Technician do?

Automotive Technicians assist with repairs and maintenance of vehicles while also tending to the day to day upkeep of an auto repair shop. Responsibilities and duties may include electrical and mechanical diagnostics, replacement part vehicle repairs, and ordering of replacement part for various makes and models of cars and truck. Technicians are also tasked with maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

While the educational background of an Automotive Technician can vary drastically, most modern dealerships will require a certification from the manufactures preferred training program. Smaller independent shops will always prefer some certification, but may often accept experience and work history for consideration of employment. Strong attention to detail and the ability to follow directions make for a successful Automotive Technician.

  • Properly document the condition of a vehicle at the point of intake
  • Ensure vehicle is safely and securely positioned on lift for diagnostics
  • Perform all assigned points of inspection
  • Faithfully report condition of vehicle parts
  • Determine priority of repair
  • Consult with the Service Manager to complete an estimate for the customer
  • Maintain a personal complement of tools to be used to service vehicles
  • Keep detailed logs of all parts, fluids and hours associated with each project
  • Manufacture Specific Training Program (Preferred)
  • 3+ years experience in relevant field
  • Understanding of OBD 1, OBD 2 and other diagnostic systems
  • Familiarity with Versa Edge or similar scanning technologies
  • Mild welding skills (certification preferred)
  • Detailed attention to record keeping
  • Understanding of the operation of standard shop machines (Tire Machine, Digital Wheel Alignment etc)
  • The ability to work above your head for long hours
  • Willingness to submit to random drug screening
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Automotive Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$59,811 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $60K
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Automotive Technician Career Path

Learn how to become an Automotive Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Read what Automotive Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Costco WholesaleCostco Wholesale
Tire Technician
Sep. 16, 2021

“The pay is great starting out and you get decent raises based on how many hours you have worked.”

DHL ExpressDHL Express
Bike Courrier
Dec. 13, 2020

“Salary is good and the interacting with many different people is the most rewarding part of the job.”

Ray's Chevron & Vehicle Care
ASE Certified Automotive Technician
Sep. 22, 2021

“It is enjoyable to see what your peers are capable of and there are many opportunities to learn.”

General Maintenance
Nov. 27, 2021

“Many jobs role have almost none or very slight opportunities to develop a career and progress.”

Sentinel TransportationSentinel Transportation
Diesel Technician
Apr. 10, 2021

“If you do or say something that is not your pay grade then you get more work.”

Firestone Complete Auto CareFirestone Complete Auto Care
Tire and Lube Technician
Jan. 17, 2021

“Pay is good but Firestone needs to figure out if they want quality or quantity.”

Community Automotive RepairCommunity Automotive Repair
Master Automotive Technician
Nov. 10, 2020

“I are privileged to have a full work schedule and a great staff to work alongside to address difficult and complex automotive concerns.”

Stokes Tire & Automotive
Tire Technician
Jul. 31, 2021

“Some cons of working here is that it can be very demanding on holidays and the pay is not so great.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an automotive technician

When working as an automotive technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Estimates, Diagnosis, Exhaust, Dexterity and eNGINE Repair.

The most similar professions to automotive technician are:
  • Electronics Technician
  • Avionics Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Technician

The most common qualifications to become an automotive technician is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.