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Auto Technician Skills Employers are Looking For

This is a great time to be looking for a job as an auto technician. With inflation high and supply low, fewer people are buying new cars, which means they are trying to get as much mileage out of their old vehicles as possible. Demand for auto technicians is high, and if you have the following skills, you’re more likely to get hired in this rewarding field.

Diagnostic and Mechanical Skills

First and foremost, employers are looking for auto technicians who can not only quickly diagnose what is wrong with a vehicle, but also has the mechanical skills to fix the problem. Job candidates should understand how to effectively use high-tech diagnostic tools but also know how to repair a wide range of issues. It’s important to be trained in electrical, HVAC, engine performance, suspension, steering, brake systems, and transmission diagnosis and repair.


The automotive industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies being introduced all the time. Think of self-driving cars or those that can automatically parallel park. Automotive technicians/ mechanics must be willing to keep learning and adapting to changes so they can take on any new challenge that comes their way.

People Skills and Professionalism

While it’s true that as an automotive tech you’ll be spending most of your time working on cars, you’ll also need to be able to communicate well with their owners. When you talk to customers, you’ll be representing your shop or dealership, so it’s important to have a good personality, be honest and respectful, and always act professionally. Employers value professionalism, so when you are interviewing, be sure to dress in appropriate attire, bring a printed resume, and put your best foot forward.

Work Ethic

Finally, a good auto technician understands that their customers are counting on them to get them back into their vehicles and is willing to put in the hard work to make that happen. If you are passionate about what you do, you’ll be willing to put in an extra effort to exceed expectations.

Get Technical Training at J-Tech and Get to Work!

If you’re an aspiring gearhead with a passion for cars and the desire to work with your hands, J-Tech Institute can provide you with the training you need to jumpstart your career as an Automotive TechnicianContact us today to learn more, or to schedule your visit to our 168,000 square foot facility in Jacksonville, FL.

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