Entry Level Service Technician

Entry-level service technicians inspect, maintain and repair automobiles, while training with skilled technicians.

As with all positions within dealerships, entry-level service technicians are expected to uphold the highest ethical standards.

Job Duties

The duties of an entry-level service technician include:

  • Performing safety inspections, basic maintenance and minor repairs as directed.
  • Conducting oil changes and lubrication work
  • Communicating with service advisor if additional work is needed on a vehicle or if repairs will not be completed in time frame, so that customer can be informed
  • Inspecting and test-driving new vehicles to ensure that all features function properly
  • Installing optional equipment on new vehicles as specified by the customer or dealer
  • Working alongside an assigned skilled technician to learn how to perform quality vehicle service maintenance and repairs

Job Requirements

  • Should possess mechanical aptitude and knowledge of how automobiles work
  • Experience working on motor vehicles in the Armed Forces or as a hobby is also valuable

Education Requirements

  • Successful completion of an automotive technology training program in a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)-certified high school or community college is beneficial
  • Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES) programs in high schools and community colleges provide excellent training and internship opportunities
  • Professional certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is preferred
  • Focusing on the following coursework may be useful to those seeking a career in automotive service: mathematics, computers/electronics, automotive service and technology and courses that teach analytical skills