If you are passionate about working with your hands and repairing mechanical equipment, our Automotive Service Technician program could be the right vocational training program for you. At STVT, you will have the opportunity to learn hands-on from our industry-experienced instructors in a simulated shop environment.

With our auto mechanic training, you will gain the skills to work in the automotive industry, including how to diagnose basic engine problems, how to disassemble and reassemble various sizes of domestic and import engines, how to restore engine performance to factory standards, and more. Once you complete the automotive program, you can be ready to begin your new career!

Training to Become an Automotive Technician

The Automotive Service Technician (AST) diploma program is designed to prepare students for a career in the automotive service industry. Classes combine theory with the practical application of hands-on skills. All courses include the use of specialty tools and emphasize proper equipment usage and general shop safety procedures. 

STVT’s automotive technician training is intended for persons with a high school diploma or GED who desire a career inspecting, diagnosing, servicing, and repairing vehicles in an automotive environment. Graduates may be qualified for entry-level employment in specialized or general automotive service positions. As an entry-level automotive technician, graduates may work with both computerized and conventional systems.

What Does a Mechanic Do?

An automotive service technician’s job is to inspect, maintain, and repair a variety of automobiles. While it is their responsibility to be familiar with the entire  car, technicians may specialize in areas such as brakes, steering, transmissions, engines, drive trains, electrical systems, climate control systems, engine performance analyses, and others.

Diagnostic Duties

Diagnosis begins by working with the customer to get a general understanding of where to begin the inspection. Students will have the chance to learn skills from industry-experienced instructors, including proper diagnostic procedures and how to interact with customers.

Some topics covered in our programs include:

  • Diagnosis of engine components
  • Use of scan tools to diagnose electronic circuits
  • Drum and disk brake diagnosis
  • Basic diagnosis of manual drive trains
  • Technical mathematics, including certain algebraic/trigonometric functions, as required by specific business and industries for successful on the job performance
  • General principles of customer service within a technical environment

Mechanical Duties

At our auto mechanic school in Texas, we provide students with hands-on learning experiences that simulate real-world employment conditions so that they are better prepared to enter the job market.  

Some tasks our graduates could be asked to perform include:

  • Assembly and disassembly of domestic and import engines
  • Inspecting, testing, and replacing gauges
  • Inspection and repair of motor vehicle AC and heating systems, including correct refrigerant handling
  • Repair of brake, steering, and suspension systems
  • Repair of automatic and manual transmissions
  • Inspection and maintenance to restore engine performance

Electrical Duties

In modern vehicles, complex computerized and electrical systems assist the motorist. When these need repair, automotive service technicians may be asked to perform the following tasks:

  • Repair and correction of battery and charging systems
  • Electrical circuit repair
  • Power steering maintenance
  • Ignition and exhaust system analysis and repair using computerized diagnosis tools

Automotive Technician Professional Requirements

Learning automotive technician skills is just one part of preparing to work in the industry. At STVT, we prepare students to sit for two examinations to receive certifications common in the industry*.

Certifications are not required in every state or for all positions, so be sure to review the information for the area you plan to work in.

*STVT does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by STVT but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to STVT. Therefore, STVT cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Is a Technician a Good Career For Me?

STVT’s auto technician courses in Texas cover a number of skills and procedures to help prepare students for success in the field. Our broad-based curriculum covers as much as possible to give students a solid footing. 

There are also a few additional character traits and skills that could be helpful to students as they pursue a career in automotive repair, including:  

  • Detail-oriented
  • Problem solver
  • Steady hands
  • Adept at combining mental and physical tasks
  • Communication
  • Customer service skills
  • Strong work ethic

Our Career Services can help students develop these soft skills so that they can be better prepared for their new careers. 

How Much Money Do Mechanics Make

As of 2018, the median Automotive Technician Salary was $40,710 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,420, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,950 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*.


STVT cannot guarantee employment or salary.

Automotive Service Technician Career Outlook

It’s an exciting time in the automotive industry, and specifically for automotive service technicians. You’ll be entering a career field that allows you to work with your hands and the latest technologies. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects there to be little to no change in the field from 2018 to 2028.


Where Can an Auto Service Technician Work?

Automotive Service Technicians work for repair and maintenance shops, car dealerships, automotive parts stores, and local governmental & municipal organizations.

Technicians get to move around a lot during the day, with a mix of indoor and outdoor work as well as different projects rather than doing the same thing repeatedly.

Do You Have Other Questions?

If you are searching for an auto mechanic school or an auto technician school in Texas, contact us today and we can answer any questions you have about our Automotive Service Technician program. We know that a decision to attend STVT is an important step in your personal and professional life, and we are committed to making sure that you have the information to make a career training decision that’s right for you.

STVT’s South Texas Automotive Technician Program Locations

Conveniently located on Southeast Military Drive, with easy access from I-35 and I-410, our San Antonio campus features training labs where you can learn from experienced instructors who have worked in the fields they teach.

Programs vary by location.

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.

Apply to STVT Today!

Get started on your future by beginning your application with STVT. Our admissions team will gladly answer any questions you have about how our programs could be right for you. Find out more about our automotive classes by reaching out to us today!