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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 Carolina Technical College

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The Automotive Technology Certificate is designed to provide technology specific training in a combination of classroom and lab settings to prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in the field of automotive engine repair; drive train repair; and brake, suspension, and steering diagnosis.

Greenville Technical College

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The Automotive Service Training program at Greenville Technical College will teach you to use the latest equipment – tools that are equal to or better than what you’ll find in the workplace.

Midlands Technical College

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The automotive curriculum at Midlands Technical College provides students with an up-to-date training program that will develop their knowledge of automotive theory and operational skills. Students prepare to enter the career field through hands-on training emphasizing diagnostic and electrical service, engine overhaul, air conditioning repair, suspension and brake service, and more.

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

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Because vehicle prices have skyrocketed and they are being kept in service longer, there is a growing need for trained, knowledgeable automotive technicians who inspect, maintain and repair cars and light trucks. Our students learn on state-of-the-art and industry-standard equipment, and participate in internships, job shadowing and co-op experiences at area repair facilities.

Piedmont Technical College

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Piedmont Technical College's nationally recognized Automotive Technology program prepares future certified technicians for the challenges of the automotive industry. The specialized training you’ll receive in the automotive program will prepare you to become an ASE certified technician.

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