Automotive Repair & Service
The motive power repair and service industry consists of businesses involved in automotive repair and service; autobody and collision repair; motorcycle repair; specialty services such as transmission, radiator and undercar; and the wholesale and retail of motor vehicle parts.
The industry faces constant change. New vehicle models are introduced each year, and new technologies are continually emerging. Knowledge and skills must constantly be updated to keep up with these changes. Recent new technologies include front and rear object detection, electronic control systems, and hybrid vehicles.
Working in Automotive Repair & Service
This industry offers satisfying and challenging work that is focused on preventing and solving problems. The largest number of industry workers are employed as automotive service technicians, but there are also many other career opportunities.
Working conditions are safe and clean. Wages depend on the occupation and vary across the country. Generally, wages are good and increase with skills and experience. Mobility within the industry is excellent.
The industry offers occupations in:
- Repair and maintenance: automotive service technicians; automotive glaziers and painters; body repair technicians; collision estimators; service advisors; shop foreperson; shop owners
- Sales, marketing and customer service: receptionists, warrranty clerks, computer specialists, office manager, accountants, sales representatives, marketing specialists
- Support specialists: vehicle leasing specialists, dealership lot attendants, detailers, oil and lube persons, service station attendants, tire installer and repair technicians, auto recyclers, leasing service representatives, engineer builders
- Related opportunities: claims adjusters; motorcycle mechanics; paint, body and equipment jobbers; tow truck drivers; truck and transport mechanics; automotive journalists; automotive instructors
Skills & Training
The industry needs workers with knowledge and skills in science, technology, business and computers.
About 60 percent of jobs in the industry require technical training. Entry-level positions can allow one to gain experience on-the-job, while getting specialized training.
College and/or apprenticeship training is needed for the majority of occupations. High school education is a starting point for some others.