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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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Alfred State College of Technology

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Our program provides instruction as well as practical, hands-on experience to students interested in a variety of automotive trades, including automotive service, autobody repair, truck and diesel service, and motorsports.

Apex Technical School

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Fine tune your future with automotive training from Apex Technical School. Turn your love of cars into a career by learning the skills required to help you get started in this exciting field.

Bronx Community College of CUNY

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The Automotive Technology curriculum, the only one of its kind in the City University of New York, prepares the student for a career as an automotive technician.

Columbia-Greene Community College

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Automotive Technology, with its highly trained and certified professional faculty, is dedicated to instructing students in the operation, diagnosis and repair of the complex systems of the modern automobile.

Hudson Valley Community College

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This degree program prepares you to enter the automotive repair field with a broad-based knowledge of current diagnostic and repair skills.

Lincoln Technical Institute

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Lincoln Tech’s Queens campus can be found inside the Center for Automotive Education and Training (CAET) facility of the Greater New York Automotive Dealers Association. The school offers hands-on training for careers in automotive technology.

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