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What auto career is the most hands-on?

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Carol’s Answer

Hi Samuel

While I have not recruited specifically for Auto Mechanics, I have found that the best way to find out about any career is to go online and ask.


So, I went on Google and asked. Note: My suggestion to you is to look at different job descriptions to see which job descriptions and Job Titles peaks your interest the most.


Some Automobile Technician Mechanic Job Duties:

Keeps equipment available for use by inspecting and testing vehicles; completing preventive maintenance such as, engine tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation and changes, wheel balancing, replacing filters.

Maintains vehicle functional condition by listening to operator complaints; conducting inspections; repairing engine failures; repairing mechanical and electrical systems malfunctions; replacing parts and components; repairing body damage.

Verifies vehicle serviceability by conducting test drives; adjusting controls and systems.

Complies with state vehicle requirements by testing engine, safety, and combustion control standards.

Maintains vehicle appearance by cleaning, washing, and painting.


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I also found a site that lists the top 20 Auto Mechanic Colleges. I will list the top 5 for you. The site lists the different degree programs offered at these school.


University of Northwestern Ohio-Lima Ohio

Bachelor of Science – Automotive Technology Supervision

Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Diesel Technology

Associate of Applied Science – Automotive High Performance Technology

Associate of Applied Science – Agricultural Equipment Technology


Montana State University-Havre, Montana

Bachelor of Science – Automotive Technology

Bachelor of Science – Diesel Technology, with additional options for emphasis in Equipment Management or Field Maintenance

Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Technology, with option for Fast Track

Associate of Applied Science – Diesel Technology

Associate of Applied Science – Agriculture Mechanics Technology

Option to Minor in Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, or Agriculture Mechanics Technology


Ferris State University-Big Rapids Michigan

Bachelor of Science – Automotive Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science – Automotive Management

Bachelor of Science – Technical Education

Bachelor of Science – Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Technology (HSET)

Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Service Technology

Associate of Applied Science – Heavy Equipment Technology (HEQT)


Weber State University-Ogden, UT

Bachelor of Science – Automotive Technology with Advanced Vehicle Systems Emphasis, or Field Service Operations Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science – Independent Shop Automotive Technical Education Program (ATEP)

Associate of Applied Science – General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP)

Associate of Applied Science – Heavy Duty Truck

Options to Double Major


Southern Adventist University-Collegedale, Tennessee

Bachelor of Technology – Automotive Service

Bachelor of Science/Associate of Technology – Combined Major: Business Administration and Automotive Service

Associate of Technology – Automotive Service


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There is more information out there that will tell you what people do in certain careers, other sites that might describe a typical day in the role, jobsites with openings and job descriptions as well as salary ranges for the positions, etc. YouTube may have videos explaining the same. If you look at multiple sites, look for consistencies in what they say. This should help you feel more comfortable that the information you are reading is accurate.



Hope this helps. Feel free to reach back out.


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John’s Answer

If you are looking for a good, hands on career, you might like manufacturing. Being a machine operator in a good manufacturing operation is a good path. Maintenance and troubleshooting are very much in demand. The work is generally good and good techs are treated well. Shop carefully for good companies. If your skills set is good, start exploring. If you need to progress, look at Voc/Tech schools and adult learning centers. Many companies have good in-house training.

I've worked in manufacturing my entire life and have really enjoyed it. I started out as a machinist and now design large automation systems. My career and working relationships are very satisfying.

John recommends the following next steps:

Look at Voc Tech Schools and apprenticeship programs.