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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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Brigham Young University-Idaho

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The mission of the BYU-Idaho Automotive Program is to enable graduates to successfully provide for their families and to fill communities and workplaces with highly skilled, integrity-filled professionals.

College of Southern Idaho

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The mission of the automotive program is to help our students become the best entry level technicians they can be and to prepare them for a successful career at a General Motors dealership or ACDelco service center.

College of Western Idaho

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If the sound of an engine makes your heart race, CWI’s Automotive Technician program is calling you. Technicians will tell you that the best education is one that gives you a wealth of experience.

Idaho State University

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An automobile technician must be able to use both mind and hands in order to be proficient in today's industry. There are over 100 different automotive related jobs and over 150,000 computer-trained mechanics will be needed to meet industry's demands in the next six years.

Lewis-Clark State College

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The Auto Mechanics Technology Program is National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certified. This program develops skills for servicing and repairing all systems of the automobile. Students are taught to use specialized tools and equipment found in automotive shops.

North Idaho College

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The program is designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level technicians in the automotive repair industry. All ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) areas will be taught through the use of lecture, mock-ups, and customer vehicles.

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