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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics in California

May also be called: Auto Technicians; Auto Brake Mechanics; Fuel Injection Servicers; and Auto Transmission Specialists.

Specialties within this occupation include: Automotive Air-Conditioning Repairers; Brake Repairers; Undercar Technicians; Transmission Technicians; and Engine Performance Technicians.

What Would I Do?

Automotive Service Technicians inspect, repair, and maintain automobiles and other gasoline, diesel, or alternate fueled vehicles.

Automotive Service Technicians usually work indoors in well-ventilated and lighted repair shops. However, some shops are drafty and noisy. They work with dirty, greasy parts and in awkward positions.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Automotive Service Technician may appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2016 for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics in California is $41,131 annually, or $19.77 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Automotive Service Technicians may expect to receive benefits that include health insurance, retirement plans, paid holidays, and vacation.

What is the Job Outlook?

The need for Automotive Service Technicians will remain very strong as the number of vehicles in operation increases, reflecting the continued growth in the number of multi-car families.

How Do I Qualify?

Candidates for vocational training or automotive apprenticeship programs must be at least 18 years of age, or 17 years of age with parental consent; have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be in good physical condition including the ability to distinguish colors. Also, applicants must be able to read, write, and speak English in order to ensure successful completion of training and employee safety on the job.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Many vocational schools operate placement centers for their students. Jobs may also be found through classified advertisemetns in newspapers and trade publications.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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