Types of jobs in the automotive industry


In the previous post, we explored three of the top job prospects for graduates of automotive schools and training programs. In this post, we’ll look at three opportunities in fields that are very closely related to the car industry.

Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians

Service technicians in the heavy vehicle and mobile equipment industry are responsible for keeping large vehicles and other machinery in good working order. They work on machines like cranes, bulldozers, and other vehicles used in construction and other industries. These workers take care of the regular care and maintenance of large vehicles, as well as diagnostics, repair, and replacement of defective parts. They may also disassemble and reassemble the heavy machinery. Specializations in this field include farm equipment, construction and mining equipment, and rail car repair. Growth in this field is expected to be about average over the next several years, and workers in this area make about $43,000 per year.

Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics

Diesel service technicians and mechanics do maintenance and repair work on vehicles and equipment that has a diesel engine, like buses and semi-trucks. They perform the same basic services as automotive service technicians and mechanics, including tests and inspections, repairs and replacements, and occasionally engine overhauls. These days it isn’t just large trucks and buses that run on diesel—some passenger cars are starting to use diesel technology as well—so this field is likely to grow substantially over the next several years. Diesel service technicians and mechanics make more than $40,000 a year, with the highest wages coming from local governments, who employ workers to keep their vehicle fleets running smoothly.

Small Engine Mechanics

Small engine mechanics do repair and maintenance work on vehicles and equipment ranging from lawnmowers and chainsaws to personal watercraft, snowmobiles, and even motorcycles. They inspect engines, repair and replace parts, and install new or refurbished components. Although the equipment is different, many of the fundamentals are the same on cars and these other types of machines. The median yearly pay for small engine mechanics varies depending on the type of vehicle they work on. In general, they make about $34,000 per year, but those who work on motorboats can earn even more. Growth in this field is expected to be faster than average over the next few years.

In these two articles, we have explored six career opportunities for graduates of automotive schools. As you can see, getting a diploma or a degree from an automotive school or training program can open a variety of doors. If you like working with your hands, using tools, and tinkering around with engines, explore the many options available for receiving formal training through an automotive school. This could be your first step toward a fantastic career.


Bureau of Labor Statistics. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Bureau of Labor Statistics. Diesel service technicians and mechanics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Bureau of Labor Statistics. Small engine mechanics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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