Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-3.7% (decline)


What Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Do

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

Other Job Titles Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics May Have

Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Drivability Technician (Auto Drivability Tech), Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Service Technician (Auto Service Tech), Heavy Line Technician, Lube Technician, Master Automotive Technician (Master Auto Tech), Mechanic, Quick Service Technician (Quick Service Tech), Service Technician (Service Tech)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Founder ,

180º Automotive/Bogi's Garage

My days are spent conducting the various tasks associated with running your own auto shop. The idea behind my shop was to create an experience for customers that was 180º different from what they expect from an auto shop, so my days are spent constantly trying to ensure we live up to that standard. Other days, we could be filming episodes of "All Girls Garage" which adds to the hectic days.

Technician II ,


I work from 5:30am to 2pm every day. We have a list of trucks that need to be prepped and serviced each day so they are ready to go. When I am assigned the truck I am supposed to be working on, I have to print out a record of all of the preventative maintenance that has already been done to it and figure out the repair tasks that I need to complete. I complete my checklist of repairs, clean it up, and get it ready to be sold.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Estimate costs of vehicle repair.

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