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.

What responsibilities are common for Automotive Technician jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Automotive Technician jobs?
  • 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
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Automotive Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$63,338 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $63K
$96K
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Cavender ToyotaCavender Toyota
Automotive Technician
Jan 25, 2023

“2 weeks pay Techs stealing tools and RO tickets Dispatch is irrelevant cause everybody steals good tickets”

Glenn's RV Service
RV Technician
Dec 26, 2022

“If you have good work ethic and don't take them for granted they treat you amazing and with respect.”

Love's Travel Stops & Country StoresLove's Travel Stops & Country Stores
Tire Technician
Apr 2, 2022

“Working at Loves is a great learning experience and can help you start your career.”

Ray's Chevron & Vehicle CareRay's Chevron & Vehicle Care
ASE Certified Automotive Technician
Sept 22, 2021

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

Costco WholesaleCostco Wholesale
Tire Technician
Sept 16, 2021

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

Bikers Edge Powersports
Motorcycle Technician
Aug 11, 2022

“Flag Hour pay is not consistent and your expected to work on everything from Chinese mopeds to newer Harley Davidson and BMWs.”

HalliburtonHalliburton
General Maintenance
Nov 27, 2021

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

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
ASE Trainee
Mar 22, 2022

“good salary as a start up but have to find a way to get a project”

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