Auto Mechanic Technician Program
Class Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 pm - 8 pm
Automotive Mechanic Service Technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity, or alternative fuels. Responsibilities of automotive service technicians and mechanics have evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high level technology related work. The increasing sophistication of automobiles requires workers who are able to use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools. As a result, automotive service workers are usually called technicians rather than mechanics.
Integrated electronic systems and complex computers regulate vehicles and their performance while on the road. Technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of the complexity of components within the vehicles. They also must be able to work with electronic diagnostic equipment, digital manuals and reference materials. While most automotive service technicians work a standard 40 hour week, some may work longer hours.
Service technicians use a variety of tools in their work. Employers furnish expensive power tools, engine analyzers, and other diagnostic equipment. Computers are also commonplace in modern repair shops. Through the internet or software packages, most shops receive automatic updates to technical manuals and access to manufacturers’ service information, technical service bulletins, and other databases that allow technicians to stay current with industry standards.