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Mechanics & Repairs:
Automotive Service Technician Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare to engage in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in the diagnosis of malfunctions and repair of engines, fuel, electricity/electronics, cooling, brake systems, drive trains, and suspension systems. Instruction is also given in the adjustment and repair of individual components and systems. These courses are based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) task list. Work ethics and productivity are an integral part of the classroom and lab activities of these courses.

You Will Learn
  • How to adjust and repair individual components and systems.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Mechanics & Repairs: Automotive Service Tech - PDF

Industry Certification
Earn industry certification in this Pathway.
-Automotive Service Technician Industry Certification - PDF

  • Automotive Service

Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Aircraft Mechanic Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician Teacher
  • Mechanic
  • Motorboat Mechanic

Workforce Trends
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the automotive industry is rapidly growing and “the work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from simply mechanical to high technology.” New cars today have more computers onboard than the first spacecraft and as a result today’s technicians are “diagnostic, high-tech problem solvers.” According to the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, technicians are in demand all across the nation and can earn $60,000 or more per year.

Job opportunities in the automotive industry are expected to be very good for persons with formal training, strong diagnostic and problem solving skills, and knowledge of electronics and mathematics.

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase 9 to 17 percent through the year 2014. Demand for technicians will grow as the number of vehicles in operation increase, reflecting continued growth in the number of multi-car families.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, less than 1 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition

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