Where can you find automotive service careers?
The U.S. economy and lifestyle are heavily reliant on transportation. Anyone who owns a vehicle knows the importance of automotive service technicians and mechanics.
Most automotive service technicians work for automotive repair and maintenance shops, automobile dealers, and retailers and wholesalers of automotive parts, accessories, and supplies. Others find employment in service stations, home and auto supply stores, automotive equipment rental and leasing companies, federal, state, and local governments and other organizations. More than 16 percent of service technicians are self-employed.
Today’s technicians must have a broad base of knowledge of how vehicles’ complex components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer-based technical reference materials.
Automotive technicians may find employment in the following occupations:
- Automotive Technician
- Automotive Service Advisor
- Fleet Mechanic
- Service Tech Apprentice
- Parts Professional
- Auto Lube Technician
Automotive career and employment opportunities are expected to grow statewide through 2020 with job openings much higher than the statewide average.
Regional employment in the automotive field also is expected to grow rapidly and the number of job openings to be higher than average. Statewide wages in 2013 were $44,000, while regional rates averaged $38,000.
RCC graduates have been hired by the following local companies:
- Town and Country Chevrolet
- Lithia Motors Auto Group
- Jim Sigel Automotive
- Butler Automotive
- Roe Motors
- Grants Pass (formerly Wheeler) Toyota
- Mock Ford
- Crater Lake Ford
- And others