Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles. Modern cars have become more technologically advanced. While traditional tasks, such as oil changes, and part replacement will still be a part of a mechanic's daily task, newer tasks include operating advanced diagnostic tools and troubleshooting software issues.  

A Typical Day

  • 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.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.

Recommended Credentials

Associates or Professional Certificate

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Associates Degree in Automotive Service -

Elsewhere in Michigan


Bachelors in Automotive Engineering Tech -

Ford ASSET Program - 

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Take apart and reassemble a motor! A lawn mower, motorcycle, car, etc. Try getting a motorized tool or vehicle at a junkyard and see if you can make it work!

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

The Career Tech Auto Repair program in grades 11-12 can lead to an entry-level job after high school!

Pathway 2

Professional Certifications/Associates/Bachelors -

Pathway 3

Bachelors in Automotive Engineering Tech - 


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

Automotive Technician
Automotive Service Tech


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