Anyone whose car or light truck has broken down knows the importance of automotive service technicians and mechanics. The ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately a most valuable skill requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Many technicians consider diagnosing hard-to-find troubles one of their most challenging and satisfying duties.
The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from simply mechanical to high technology. In a report to Congress on the Job Training Partnership Act, the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) listed automobile technicians among the highest skill level occupations, on par with electronics technicians and computer programmers. Technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how vehicles' complex components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer-based technical information.
Employment growth will continue to be concentrated in motor vehicle dealerships and independent automotive repair shops. Many new jobs will also be created that offer after-warranty repairs, such as oil changes, brake repair, air conditioner service, and other minor repairs.