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As Auto Repair Goes High Tech, Top Technicians Can Earn Over $100K

By Monday, 19 April 2021 12:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The terms "mechanic" and "wrench,"are long gone. It's now "auto repair technician" and "certified technician." The change in title reflects the fundamental transformation underway in the entire automotive industry.

The complexity of today's vehicles, electric cars and hybrid technologies have created a huge demand for skilled and experienced experts, and you don't need a four-year degree.

If you are seeking a job, or know someone who is, this column will be worth your time. As auto repair goes high tech, top technicians can earn over $100,000 a year.

For at least the last decade — dealers and repair shops have been in great need of skilled technicians.

The average car in 2010 had about 10 million lines of code. It's now increased tenfold and beyond. By 2030 they should have about 300 million lines of code, and it's recommended manufacturers beef up the software and electronics training of service technicians.

How do you get training or know this is a good field for you? Many places offer in-person and web-based training. Requirements of a technician are: a general mechanical ability, good at diagnosing issues, computer skills, problem-solving and people skills.

What are the average salaries and where can you get a job? Entry level salaries average $31,300; Master-ASE technicians average $77,400. Further up the ladder, a parts manager's salary averages $98,600, a service manager $120,400, and a fixed operations director — who oversees service, parts and body shop — $191,000.

Sales, marketing and management jobs need to be filled at all levels. I've worked in all aspects of the auto industry my entire life and would highly recommend a job in automotive.

Here's the bottom line

There is smarter and simpler way to find an automotive job, whether you have one now or looking for a change.

Check out USA Motor Jobs, all you need is your phone, tablet or computer. Its easy to add your history and answer a few questions. There are many jobs available immediately all across the USA. There is more information on their website in English, Spanish and French.

To advance your education in automotive, there are scholarships through many groups including TechForce.org, the Piston Foundation and the many technical schools.

If you have additional questions, put them in the comments below and I'll be happy to answer.

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Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host.

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The terms "mechanic" and "wrench,"are long gone. It's now "auto repair technician" and "certified technician." The change in title reflects the fundamental transformation underway in the entire automotive industry.
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