Automotive Mechanic Job Description

The field of auto repair is always in high demand, and becoming a Northern Virginia Auto Mechanic is an exciting and rewarding career to strive for. If you enjoy working with your hands and are somewhat mechanically inclined, then training to be an auto mechanic may be the right career for you.

So what exactly does being an auto mechanic entail, and what can you expect from entering into this field of work? Below is a closer look at what being an automotive mechanic is all about.

What Exactly Does an Automotive Mechanic Do?

One thing is for certain: Being an automotive technician will keep you on your toes and keep your thinking engaged at all times…no “mindless work” here. Not only are you responsible for examining and diagnosing vehicle problems, but, interacting with customers, and repairing their vehicle’s are all part of the job also. The duties of an automotive technician (Service Technician) will vary based on the general size and setup of the shop in which you work depending on your skill-sets. Some shops have automotive mechanics that are trained in specific areas, such as transmissions, heating and cooling systems, and so forth; this is a good route to take if you plan on entering into a certain field of auto repair specialization.

Being an automotive mechanic requires great attention to detail. No seriously – a lot! A great auto mechanic fixes the problem on their first attempt. Having customers coming back to the shop because the problem wasn’t fixed is not good customer service (and reflects on you). You have to be able to work on your feet all day, and you will need to perform consistently precise work. You will also need to be able to explain complex technical issues in an simple understandable manner, so that the Service Writer, State and Safety Inspector, Store Manager, other Auto Mechanics – and most importantly – customers can get a good grasp of what’s going on with their vehicle.

Salary and Prerequisites

Wages can vary greatly across the auto repair spectrum, with newer mechanics making an average of $30,000 to $60,000 per year, and more seasoned technicians seeing upwards of $120,000 or more per year. Yes – top auto mechanics can earn above six figures, so there is definitely potential for growth in this field.

In order to become a certified automotive mechanic, you will need to take automotive technology courses at a local college in order to prepare you to take the series of 8 tests for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. Having the ASE certification shows that you have demonstrated a high level of skill and competence in the field of auto repair. If you are seeking a Northern Virginia Mechanic career it is vital to obtain the ASE certification in order to earn the skill set and credibility you need to become successful as an Professional Automotive Mechanic.

Hogan & Sons can efficiently check all components of your vehicle as part of a vehicle tune-up. Visit our website at Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto has 8 locations throughout the Northern Virginia area to serve you including our Fairfax, Falls Church, Leesburg, Purcellville, Sterling, South Riding, Herndon, and Winchester locations.

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* Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.

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