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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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Central Maine Community College

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In Automotive Technology at Central Maine Community College, you can choose the “In-House Track” or the “Dealer TraX.” Both enable students to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for success in the automotive industry.

Eastern Maine Community College

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This program provides the theoretical foundation, practical education, and work experience in the troubleshooting, testing, service, and repair of modern automobiles.

Northern Maine Community College

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Automotive Technology is a program designed to provide broad fundamental training in all aspects of automotive service and repair, using up-to-date materials and technology. Training moves from basic repair knowledge to a concentration on automotive electricity, including batteries, starting systems, charging systems, ignition systems and vehicle wiring during the first year.

Southern Maine Community College

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The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare skilled technicians to work in the automotive industry. The program involves general education as well as automotive lecture and laboratory instruction.

Washington County Community College

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The Automotive Technology certificate program prepares students for the automotive service field. Through an intensive, shop-oriented course, students are introduced to the industry and learn to maintain automotive equipment.

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