Automotive Repair Technology

Industry Description

The ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that have gasoline engines. There is a tremendous demand for well-trained Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified automotive technicians. The increasing sophistication of automotive technology such as alternative fuel vehicles now requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools. Service technicians use a variety of tools in their work: electronic diagnostic scan tools to diagnose and repair on-board computer systems; power tools such as pneumatic wrenches to remove bolts quickly; machine tools like lathes to service brakes; grinding machines to rebuild cylinder heads; welding and flame-cutting equipment to remove and repair exhaust systems; and jacks and hoists to lift cars and engines.