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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.

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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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Bevill State Community College

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The Vehicle Technology and Repair Program (VTR) will prepare technicians for employment in new vehicle dealerships, independent repair establishments, auto body repair shops, fleet service centers, and rental organizations.

Gadsden State Community College

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The Automotive Service program allows the student to become an Automotive Mechanic technician capable of high-quality automotive service and maintenance.

Gadsden State Community College

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The Automotive Service program allows the student to become an Automotive Mechanic technician capable of high-quality automotive service and maintenance.

J.F. Drake State Technical College

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The Automotive Service Technology Program is designed to provide the necessary educational background and practical training to repair today’s automobiles and light trucks.

Lawson State Community College

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If you want to earn a very good living working in the transportation service industry, then the Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence is where you need to start. We provide you with a thorough understanding of theory - and LOTS of hands-on practice in your chosen area with practical laboratory and shop experiences.

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College-MacArthur Campus

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At LBW Community College we strive to train students to become qualified, successful auto technicians by providing knowledge and capability, primarily through hands-on work, but also through interactive classroom and virtual vehicle experiences.

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