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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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Great Bay Community College

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With locations in Portsmouth and Rochester, the program provides students with skills and knowledge required for entry-level technicians performing inspection, diagnostics, maintenance and repair on automobiles and light trucks. Students use investigative skills as they learn to locate problems, use a variety of power tools as well as hand tools and diagnostic tools as they work on parts, and work with technical reference materials. Applied math and computer skills are incorporated throughout the curriculum.

Lakes Region Community College

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The Automotive Technology track at LRCC consist of a series of evening and Saturday courses that provide students a well-rounded education with an emphasis on the service, diagnosis, and repair of today’s complex automobiles and their integrated systems.

Manchester Community College

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MCC automotive curriculum is designed to meet the individual student’s area of interest by offering four nationally recognized manufacturer pathways, including: Chrysler MCAP, Ford ASSET/MLR, Audi Education Partnership, and Subaru University.

Nashua Community College

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Our two-year degree program is built around our hands-on automotive lab experience where you will work on real life automotive problems in a real shop atmosphere. Our live work approach lets you apply skills and build knowledge by performing work on vehicles needing repair.

White Mountains Community College

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The Associate Degree program in Automotive Technology combines in-depth theory with extensive practical training in a well-equipped lab. The program is NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified. Graduates of the program possess extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical/electronic and computer systems used in today's automobiles.

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