How to Get a Job as an Auto Mechanic
Aside from mechanical and technical skills, service technicians should also fine-tune their customer-service skills. Because they often discuss automotive problems with their customers, a courteous demeanor and sound listening skills behoove those interested in breaking into the profession. Troubleshooting prowess and the ability to identify and fix problems in complex mechanical and electronic systems is also a must for service technicians.
|Upward Mobility||fair Average|
|Stress Level||poor Above Average|
|Flexibility||poor Below Average|
What is the Job Like?
Of the 701,100 automotive service technicians and mechanics employed in 2012, the majority worked full-time schedules (including evenings, weekends and some overtime) for private operations. Close to 14 percent of service techs were self-employed. A service tech’s typical work environment includes a well-ventilated and lit repair shop with oily parts and tools. These workers bend and crouch in uncomfortable positions under and over various automobiles to tighten bolts, install engines, change oil, replace common automotive filters and perform other repairs. Because they frequently lift heavy parts and tools in cramped places, service technicians often experience minor on-the-job injuries like cuts and bruises. And Larson says the profession is becoming increasingly technological. “Our industry now involves fixing computers,” she says. “We used to be able to fix cars with wrenches. Now we’re fixing multi-computer systems [like GPS].”
Last updated by Nathan Hellman.