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Automotive Technician Career Path

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Entry Level Positions. No Experience required.

General Service Technician
  • Required Skills
  • Pneumatic tools
  • Vehicle lift setting
  • Tireshop basic skills
  • Flat repairs
  • Oil changes
  • Tire knowledge & installation
  • Wheel torque procedures
  • Maint light resets
  • Alldata proficiency
  • DVI & Groove Glove proficiency
  • TIA safety training
  • Carfax History Search
  • Proper Fluids Specifications
  • Shop cleanliness
  • Toolbox organization
  • SOP Proficiency
  • 40 hrs Training per year
  • Lives Values
  • (by end of 90 days)
  • Required Certifications
  • TIA Certifications:
  • Basic Automotive Tire Service
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
  • Certified Automotive Tire Service
  • NCSI Certifications:
  • NC safety inspection
  • NC emissions inspection
  • Pay Range
  • $14-$18/hour

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Careers for pros. Experience required.

Associate Technician
  • Required Skills
  • Hunter alignment training
  • Basic diagnostic ability
  • Basic front end repair
  • Basic belt hose repair
  • Basic coolant components
  • Alldata proficiency
  • Basic understanding of electrical components
  • Train GS 2 replacement
  • Acquire specialty tools
  • 80% Productive (turned hours vs hours worked)
  • Clear desire to move into tech role with flat rate pay
  • NCSI must be kept valid
  • Shop cleanliness
  • Toolbox organization
  • SOP Proficiency
  • 40 hrs Training per year
  • Lives Values
  • all required certs from prior levels plus
  • Required Certifications
  • ASE Certifications:
  • A4 - Suspension & Steering
  • A5 - Brakes
  • G1 - Auto Maintenance & Light Repair
  • Hunter Alignment Certifications:
  • Alignment Fundamentals Level 1
  • Alignment Fundamentals Level 2
  • Pay Range
  • $16-20/hour
B Technician
  • Required Skills
  • 90% productive (turned hours vs hours worked)
  • NCSI must be kept valid
  • Independent problem solving improved across an array of diagnostic skills
  • Improved efficiency of diagnosis with both speed and accuracy
  • Own all necessary Tech tools - more specialty tools
  • Time Management - above average ability to balance and prioritize tasks throughout the day
  • Tenacity and Fortitude- persistance in overcoming challenges and obstacles
  • Resourceful and autonomous
  • Shop cleanliness
  • SOP Proficiency
  • 40 hrs Training per year
  • Lives Values
  • all required certs from prior levels plus
  • Required Certifications
  • ASE Certifications:
  • A6 - Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • A7 - Heating and A/C
  • Pay Range
  • flat rate (B) $21-$30
  • flat rate (B)
Master Technician
  • Required Skills
  • ASE Master cert Plus L1
  • Hybrid certification through ACDC 100% productive (turned hours vs hours worked)
  • Mentor skills- the go-to technical resource, and helps other succeed
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Leadership skills - Sees big picture, corrects problems before they happen
  • Minimal rechecks (no more than 1 per month)
  • Shop cleanliness
  • Toolbox organization
  • SOP Proficiency
  • 40 hrs Training per year
  • Lives Values
  • all required certs from prior levels plus
  • Required Certifications
  • ASE Certifications:
  • A1 - Engine Repair
  • A2 - Auto Transmission/Transaxle
  • A3 - Manual Drive Train & Axles
  • A8 - Engine Performance
  • All above = Master Tech
  • L1- Advanced Driveability
  • Hybrid Certification
  • Pay Range
  • flat rate (A) $30-$34