Careers in Automotive Service Technology

Automotive Service student

Automotive service technicians work for automobile dealerships, independent garages, parts houses, service stations, mass merchandisers, fleet owners, and specialty shops. Jobs are available virtually anywhere you wish to live.

What will I do on the job?

As an automotive service technician, you will inspect, test, diagnose, repair and supervise the repair of mechanical and electrical systems on automobiles and light trucks. Other responsibilities may include accounting, record keeping, sales, customer relations, supervision and management. Specific duties depend on the job you choose: automotive technician, brake specialist, exhaust specialist, shop supervisor, suspension specialist, technical writer, training instructor, transmission and driveline specialist, and tune-up and electrical specialist.

What skills will I use on the job?

PCC’s program is designed to develop your skills in these areas: communication with customers and colleagues, basic arithmetic for effective use of diagnostic equipment, reading and research needed for use of specification and repair manuals, organization for planning work schedules and repair sequences, operation of equipment, such as hand tools, hoists, oscilloscopes, gas analyzers, and diagnostic processes for using logical, and step-by-step methods to locate defects.

How much can I earn?

Starting annual salaries in the Portland area range from approximately $18,000 to $26,000; those with more experience may earn $35,000 to $70,000.

Who will hire me?

In the Northwest and throughout the U.S., automotive service technicians work for automobile dealerships, independent garages, parts houses, service stations, mass merchandisers, fleet owners, and specialty shops. Jobs are available virtually anywhere you wish to live.


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