Skills for an Automotive Technician
Automotive technicians are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were about 338,000 automobile service technicians working in the U.S. as of May 2018 — and that number is expected to grow by 6% between 2018 and 2028. The BLS also reports that jobs for automotive service technicians offer some of the highest average wages of any occupation: more than $40 per hour on average across all industries.
Work with your hands.
The ability to work with your hands is an important skill for any automotive technician. You need to be able to use tools and troubleshoot problems, so it’s a good idea to learn the correct way to use them.
In addition, working with your hands will help you develop an understanding of how things are put together, which will help when diagnosing problems and figuring out what needs replacing or repairing.
Stay organized and keep track of what you do and when.
It’s important to stay organized and keep track of what you do and when.
- Keep a log of your work, so that if there is ever a question about what was done on a vehicle, it can easily be found in the technician’s notebook. The technician should also make sure that his or her notes are legible for future reference.
- Use a calendar to schedule appointments with customers and set deadlines for tasks such as ordering parts or ordering tools needed for repairs.
- Use checklists to make sure that nothing gets left out during any given repair process–for example, checking whether all fluids have been topped off before returning vehicles to their owners after servicing them at an auto shop (or even just doing regular maintenance).