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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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College of DuPage

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The Automotive Service Technology program is intended to provide education and practice in automotive system operation, diagnosis, and repair of passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks at a reasonable cost to students of District 502.

College of Lake County

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The Automotive Technology program offers courses leading to two Associate in Applied Science degrees: Under Hood Technician and Under the Car Technician.

Frontier Community College

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The Automotive Technology degree program will provide students with basic to advanced automotive skills. Students completing the degree can find employment as an auto mechanic, automotive service technician, shop foreman, etc.

Harry S. Truman College

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As a comprehensive, NATEF-certified automotive technology program, our purpose is to provide students with the necessary educational foundation and practical experiences to pursue an entry-level career in the automotive industry.

Highland Community College

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Students on the path to a career in automotive have several opportunities at Highland. Program graduates will be able to enter careers in repairing and servicing vehicles after earning an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree or certificate.

Illinois Central College

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The Automotive Technology program is a NATEF certified two-year program that trains you to work on a variety of vehicle makes and models.

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