What does a Senior Automotive Technician do?

Automotive Technicians assist with repairs and maintenance of vehicles while also tending to the day to day upkeep of an auto repair shop. Responsibilities and duties may include electrical and mechanical diagnostics, replacement part vehicle repairs, and ordering of replacement part for various makes and models of cars and truck. Technicians are also tasked with maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

While the educational background of an Automotive Technician can vary drastically, most modern dealerships will require a certification from the manufactures preferred training program. Smaller independent shops will always prefer some certification, but may often accept experience and work history for consideration of employment. Strong attention to detail and the ability to follow directions make for a successful Automotive Technician.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Automotive Technician jobs?
  • Properly document the condition of a vehicle at the point of intake
  • Ensure vehicle is safely and securely positioned on lift for diagnostics
  • Perform all assigned points of inspection
  • Faithfully report condition of vehicle parts
  • Determine priority of repair
  • Consult with the Service Manager to complete an estimate for the customer
  • Maintain a personal complement of tools to be used to service vehicles
  • Keep detailed logs of all parts, fluids and hours associated with each project
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Automotive Technician jobs?
  • Manufacture Specific Training Program (Preferred)
  • 3+ years experience in relevant field
  • Understanding of OBD 1, OBD 2 and other diagnostic systems
  • Familiarity with Versa Edge or similar scanning technologies
  • Mild welding skills (certification preferred)
  • Detailed attention to record keeping
  • Understanding of the operation of standard shop machines (Tire Machine, Digital Wheel Alignment etc)
  • The ability to work above your head for long hours
  • Willingness to submit to random drug screening
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

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2 Apr 2022

“Working at Loves is a great learning experience and can help you start your career.”

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ASE Certified Automotive Technician
22 Sept 2021

“It is enjoyable to see what your peers are capable of and there are many opportunities to learn.”

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“The pay is great starting out and you get decent raises based on how many hours you have worked.”

HalliburtonHalliburton
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27 Nov 2021

“Many jobs role have almost none or very slight opportunities to develop a career and progress.”

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
ASE Trainee
22 Mar 2022

“good salary as a start up but have to find a way to get a project”

Sentinel TransportationSentinel Transportation
Diesel Technician
10 Apr 2021

“If you do or say something that is not your pay grade then you get more work.”

Firestone Complete Auto CareFirestone Complete Auto Care
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17 Jan 2021

“Pay is good but Firestone needs to figure out if they want quality or quantity.”

Sam's ClubSam's Club
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2 May 2022

“Decent pay.. can actually be a fun job depending who you work with.”

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