Become a Technician
Take a closer look at the Service Department!
41% of a dealership’s employees work in the Service Department – more than any other department. Each year, 4 million repair orders are completed at Greater Philadelphia area dealerships.
Service department jobs and average annual salaries*:
- Technician Apprentice/Trainee (C-Tech) – $42,712 (that’s $821 per week!)
- Parts Consultant – $53,571
- Average Service Technician (B-Tech) – $72,843
- Service Writer/Advisor – $73,791
- Master Technician – $84,213
- Service Manager – $120,361
Many area post-secondary schools offer excellent automotive technician training programs and job placement. For more information on training programs, please see the information below.
Junior High and High School Students: Get a jump start on your automotive technology career! Ask your guidance counselor about the technical training school in your district.
*Figures based on 2022 NADA Dealership Workforce Study, 50-mile radius of Philadelphia, PA
Consider one of these training programs:
AUTOMOTIVE TRAINING CENTER – Exton and Warminster, PA
“Turn your passion for cars into a challenging and rewarding career.
ATC’s Automotive Technology programs instill the mindset and skill sets you need to become a successful professional automotive technician. The perfect balance of class time and shop time allow you to enter the workforce with the tools you need to succeed in today’s automotive industry.
You will receive extensive instruction from knowledgeable and experienced ASE certified instructors and benefit from one-on-one, hands-on training in our modern facilities, utilizing industry standard tools and procedures. Plus, you will gain experience diagnosing, servicing, and repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models, both foreign and domestic.” – www.autotraining.edu
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia, PA
In-county tuition rates extended to residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties.
“The Automotive Service Technology curriculum leads to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. The automotive industry has undergone a parts and service revolution. The increased complexity of the modern automobile has created a demand for highly skilled, technologically advanced automotive professionals.
The Automotive Service Technology Option prepares students to work as mechanics, safety inspectors and shop supervisors. The skills courses provide experience with the most modern diagnostic and repair equipment. The general education courses are transferable to some baccalaureate degree programs in engineering and vocational education. Graduates are also prepared to take the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence Certification examinations. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).” – www.ccp.edu
LINCOLN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE – Philadelphia, PA
“Take the most direct route to success and start your automotive career by training to be an automotive technician.
With comprehensive instruction from knowledgeable ASE Certified instructors who have years of professional experience, you’ll get one-on-one, hands-on training, using techniques and industry-standard tools to complete computer diagnostics to engine dyno testing.
You’ll receive hands-on training in:
- Intro to Automotive technology
- Fuel & Emissions Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Drivability Diagnostics
- Transmissions and Drive Lines
- And so much more…
After you earn your automotive degree* or certification*, our placement assistance can help you find a position that ignites your automotive career. You may even qualify** for elite manufacturer-sponsored programs that specialize in training with their brand vehicles, so you can join their technical teams and start your automotive career in high gear!” – www.lincolntech.edu
OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE – Cleveland, OH
“Looking to set yourself apart from the crowd with a program that will provide you with a solid future? Want a career that is in high demand, fulfilling and provides huge opportunities for growth?
Don’t settle for simple automotive mechanic training; look to set yourself apart from the crowd with OTC’s specialized automotive training programs.
We are not just an auto mechanic school – at OTC, we specialize in comprehensive education. These comprehensive automotive training programs allow you to become more versatile, more employable and more valuable to employers.
Our ASE/NATEF-certified, 72-week Complete Automotive Technology program provides intense hands-on training in:
- Engine performance and repair
- Automatic transmission and transaxle
- Manual drive train and axles
- Suspension and steering systems
- Electrical and electronic systems
- Heating and air conditioning
- Alternative fuel systems: hybrids, bio-diesel, ethanol, electric-powered
- Street performance
We also offer an Associate of Applied Science degree for those with an eye toward future opportunities and growth in the field.
Get started on your path to a rewarding career and live the lifestyle you’ve dreamed of today.” – www.ohiotech.edu
PENNCO TECH – Bristol, PA and Blackwood, NJ
Our career-minded vocational training programs feature hands-on learning in real-world applications, equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in some of today’s most in-demand fields. Three automotive programs available: Automotive Technology, Collision Repair and Diesel Technology (Blackwood campus only). – www.penncotech.edu
Automotive Technology: You will gain the hands-on training to work on the latest vehicles and technology, including hybrid vehicles. Harness the potential to thrive in the automotive industry with a combination of fundamental and advanced skills under your belt. At the Bristol campus, automotive technology students can earn an Associate’s Degree.
Collision Repair: In a little over 6 months you can gain hands-on training for a rewarding career in the Collision Repair industry. Students will receive training in skills involving damage and repair and painting. This program focuses on panel installation, refinishing, frame straightening, and painting. You’ll see sparks fly when you work with TIG and MIG welding equipment and plasma cutters. Emphasis is placed on new tools, techniques, and processes in the field of auto refinishing.
Diesel Technology (Blackwood campus only): Do you like working on big and powerful engines? Then you’ll enjoy servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing diesel-powered trucks, buses, commercial and industrial vehicles in our Diesel Technology program. Here students learn how to diagnose, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, and diesel engines.
UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE – Exton, PA
“Our 51-week core program trains you to troubleshoot, service and repair both domestic and foreign cars. You’ll begin by learning the fundamentals of how engines work, and then progress into power, performance and the advanced technology of today’s vehicles.
Our hands-on labs are state-of-the-industry classrooms where you’ll find equipment and instructors ready to prepare you for a great career as a well-paid automotive technician.
You’ll graduate from UTI with marketable skills, new friends, Snap-on tools ($1,000 value), our lifetime commitment to career placement assistance, and, with some programs, an NATEF/ASE certification.” – www.uti.edu