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Achieving the highest level of technical expertise is a process; there are no shortcuts. While formal training programs can be important, on-the-job experience and a general mechanical interest and ability are critical. Most dealerships use some form of a tiered system as outlined below:

D-Level Tech

Entry-level, requiring little or no prior knowledge, skill or experience.

Tasks may include changing oil, rotating tires, lube work and other basic maintenance.

As an “apprentice,” will be paired with an A- or B-level technician for training and guidance.

You will learn the processes of that shop, including workflow and have opportunities to learn skills that will prepare you for the next levels.

C-Level Tech

Performs general maintenance and most repairs. Is in the process of completing training and certifications.

B-Level Tech

Has mastered most vehicle systems and is able to accurately diagnose and repair them.

Begins to train and mentor C- and D-level techs.

A-Level Tech

Has mastered all vehicle systems and has supervisory, leadership, mentoring and communication skills or potential.

An ability to work well with customers is essential.

May specialize in a certain system, such as transmissions.


Local dealerships employ more than 319,000 service technicians nationwide, who make an average of $61,067 plus benefits. Learn about automotive training programs near you.

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Advanced Technology Institute

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The Associate in Occupational Science (A.O.S.) degree program in Automotive Technology offers training in the practical aspects of automotive maintenance and repair with emphasis on logical diagnostics procedures and effective repair methods.

Advanced Training Institute

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The Automotive Tech program at ATI offers a comprehensive, focused education from an accredited school. ATI’s Auto Tech program teaches the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to begin an entry-level career in the automobile service industry.

Alfred State College of Technology

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Our program provides instruction as well as practical, hands-on experience to students interested in a variety of automotive trades, including automotive service, autobody repair, truck and diesel service, and motorsports.

Allegany College of Maryland

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Our Automotive Technology program offers you superior training on today's increasingly advanced vehicles. With our small class sizes, you'll receive personalized attention and instruction.

Amarillo College

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Students who pursue an applied science degree in Automotive Technology at Amarillo College receive specialized training in engine repair, transmission repair, and electronic and fuel systems. All Automotive Faculty are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified.

American River College

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Latest in high tech equipment. Hands-on training! ARC is an accredited WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) college.

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