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Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma

If you are passionate about cars, take your first step toward a career as an auto mechanic with our Auto Repair program! You'll learn relevant skills and study the subjects that can help prepare you for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Certification exams.

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About the Program
Penn Foster's auto mechanic school helps you prepare for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Tests! Our Automotive Repair Technician Program was developed by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technicians and leading experts in the field of automotive technology. 

Course material covers engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, and electrical/electronic systems. You'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in settings like repair shops, car dealerships, or even your own garage. 

Career Growth & Opportunity
Job opportunities for qualified Auto Repair Technicians are projected to grow 6% over the next ten years as the number of vehicles in use is expected to continue to rise. To start your career in auto repair, you would begin as a trainee before becoming a service technician, foreperson, and then shop manager based on your skills and experience. 

Most full-time automotive service technicians earn between $21,000 and $64,000 a year. Skilled techs, shop forepersons, and managers can earn much more. They can make up to $100,000 a year in some cases. Their pay depends on their experience and expertise, and earnings typically depend on the amount of work they complete.

A Day in the Life: Auto Repair Technician

Auto Repair Technicians can find work at car dealerships, independent repair shops, small local garage, or automotive service areas at department, automotive, and home supply stores. Many technicians also maintain automobile fleets, including government vehicles, utility company vehicles, taxis, and rental cars. 

Auto repair technicians typically work 40-50 hours per week, and customer service is a big part of this job. Working in an auto repair shop can also be noisy, and technicians must follow safe work practices in these spaces. Work in this field can also be physically demanding, as technicians spend a lot of time on their feet and must be able to get under and inside vehicles. This role is ideal for those who enjoy hands-on work and prefer to not sit behind a desk all day!