Automotive Service Technician (Mechanics)

Career Overview

Automotive technicians use various diagnostic equipment to inspect, repair, and maintain cars and trucks. Make sure to use the search box to find Jeremy and Jimmy's videos!


Completing a certificate or two-year college program in automotive service technology may be required to get a job in this field in most situations. It may be possible to learn this on the job at times, but employers prefer applicants who have completed a formal program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$21,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Electronics
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
  • Technology - as much as possible!
  • Automotive Repair
Work Environment

Automotive technicians typically work for car dealers and in any businesses that repair and service cars and trucks. Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada