Students with a background in automotive repair, computers, and electronics, may want to consider a career as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Accredited programs are available online that teach students current and advanced auto mechanic procedures, engine repair and building, and how to use specialized tools and machinery. As automotive technology continues to develop and become more complex, potential employers are likely to favor candidates with formal automotive training.
Upon completion of an automotive technician or auto mechanic program, which typically takes anywhere from six months to a year, graduates will receive a diploma or certificate. Two-year associate’s degrees in automotive technology offer courses in both traditional and advanced and emerging technologies and usually include hands on, on-the-job experience. Bachelor’s degrees in automotive technology are designed to prepare students for sales, marketing, management, and advanced technical positions with major automobile manufacturers.
It can take two to five years of on-the-job experience to become a fully qualified auto mechanic or automotive service technician. Some employers and states may require licensure or additional certification. Automobile dealerships and independent repair shops provide the majority of job opportunities for graduates of formal automotive technician or auto mechanic programs. Other potential career opportunities include department store service mechanic, rental car fleet mechanic, specialty shop technician, emissions inspector, and auto parts specialist.