Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks. Automotive mechanics’ responsibilities have evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high-tech work.
The increased sophistication of automobiles requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components in addition to utilizing their skills with traditional hand tools.
As a result, automotive service workers are now usually called technicians rather than mechanics. Common responsibilities include:
- Inspection of vehicles to determine needs and problems that need addressing
- Repair of any faulty parts and changing of fluids
- Maintenance and recommendations for vehicle owners
- Regular check-ups and training in new technology as it develops
Formal training and knowledge of advanced technology is now required to be employed as an automotive service technician. The projected outlook for job growth in the industry is higher than average and expected to increase in the next decade.
Currently, the average starting salary for an automotive technician ranges from $11.00 an hour to $19.00 an hour based on education and type of services required. This rate climbs to $27.00 per hour for specialists and those with prior experience.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor