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
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Automotive Technician Salaries

Glassdoor Estimated Salary

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.

L2
Automotive Technician
€35,582/yr
L3
L4
Automotive Technician IV
No Salary Reports
See Career Path

Automotive Technician Insights

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

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

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

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

AccentureAccenture
ASE
21 Aug 2019

“Good to start career and for experienced as well Good Party Some good leads will help you to grow personally and professionally”

Sentinel TransportationSentinel Transportation
Diesel Technician
10 Apr 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
17 Jan 2021

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

Community Automotive RepairCommunity Automotive Repair
Master Automotive Technician
10 Nov 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
31 Jul 2021

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

OK Tire StoresOK Tire Stores
Automotive Technician
30 Mar 2021

“Pay is just average and you have to work your butt off during Tire season and don't get any bonus.”

See More

Automotive Technician Interviews

Related Careers

Electronics Technician
€34,809
No skills overlap
Avionics Technician
No skills overlap
Service Technician
€33,167
13% skills overlap
Technician
€36,178
13% skills overlap

Automotive Technician jobs