How to become an Automotive Technician

Start by getting your high school diploma or GED. Vocational programs and automotive tech schools can prepare you for this career, but on-the-job training is invaluable. To be considered "trained and certified," you can take an exam with ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Their certifications would endorse your knowledge and competence as an automotive service professional.

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What skills help Automotive Technicians find jobs?

  • Automotive Repair
  • Alignment
  • Mechanic Experience
  • Auto Glass
  • Automotive Diagnostics
  • Automotive Service
  • Dealership Experience
  • Service Technician Experience
  • Suspension Experience
  • GM Vehicles
  • Brake Repair
  • Shocks & Struts
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Career progression for Automotive Technician

Education levels for Automotive Technicians

Based on the requirements of Automotive Technician job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High School Diploma or GED83.4%
Associate's Degree11.5%
Bachelor's Degree2.7%
Master's Degree1.4%
Doctoral Degree0.9%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an Automotive Technician in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0-4$30,700
4-8$34,300
8-12$38,500
12-16$41,200
16-20$41,100
20-24$42,800
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Common qualifications for Automotive Technicians

  • ASE Certification
  • Ford Certification
  • Motor Vehicle Inspection License
  • Driver's License
  • ASE Master Automotive Technician Certification
  • GM Certification
  • Chrysler Certification
  • Toyota Certification
  • ASE A8 Engine Performance Certification
  • ASE Automobile Service Consultant Certification
  • ASE A5 Brakes Certification
  • ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for an Automotive Technician

What skills do I need to be an automotive technician?

An excellent automotive technician is able to build great rapport with customers and explain problems and solutions in a clear way. They should have up-to-date knowledge of new and products on the market and tool knowledge (both power tools and manual tools) They need to be problem solvers and possess the technical aptitude for determining what tools are needed for diagnosing and fixing problems.

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What advancement opportunities are there for an automotive technician?

When an automotive technician has superior mechanical knowledge and strong customer service skills, there are opportunities to advance to a master mechanic. The master mechanic still needs the same expertise as an automotive technician, but at this level, the role also requires management abilities since there is responsibility taken on for the work of other employees.

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