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!

The Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center offers classes that give hands-on experience.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

2-Year High School Program 

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 Mechanic, Automotive Service Tech

 

10-Year Job Growth Projections

-5.9%
10-County Region
-0.1%
Michigan
-4%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

590
In 2021 (10-County Region)

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$28,650
$45,250 
$60,010

Annual Hires Regionally

50
In 2021

Other Regional Career Resources

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