Automobile Mechanic

What do Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics do?

Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.

Work Environment

Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.

How to Become an Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic

Employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a program at a post-secondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.


The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $40,710 in May 2018. Oregon Median is  $43,600 

Job Outlook

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be very good.

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