An Automotive Service Technician, sometimes known as an automobile mechanic, is a highly trained specialist who works repairing, testing and maintaining the engine, steering system, brakes and other parts of a motor vehicle. In many countries, they are the product of a skilled trades apprenticeship, and must complete a government regulated certification process.
To work as an Automotive Service Technician you need excellent problem solving skills, good manual dexterity and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Mechanics of all kinds are usually found working in a garage. This might be a privately owned business, part of a larger franchise or attached to a dealership that specializes in servicing the vehicles of customers.
A career as an Automotive Service Technicians could mean working on every part of a vehicle, from tailpipe and muffler to bumper and bonnet and everything in between. You might further specialize in other skills, like becoming a heavy truck mechanic or working with auto glass. Thanks to changes in technology, mechanics now enjoy access to computerized diagnostic equipment. Regardless, some things are usually part of every career:
- Inspect, diagnose and test vehicle problems
- Repair and replace faulty systems
- Dismantle and reassemble vehicles
- Use various standard auto garage tools like welding and machine hoists
- Make estimations for work cost and order replacement parts
- Communicate with customers on service, including justifying work, advising customers on necessary repairs and maintenance and preparing reports of work for billing