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Difference Between a Mechanic and Auto Technician

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If you’ve ever taken your car to a dealership or a service center, you may have wondered just who will be providing your vehicle with the care it deserves. Is an auto mechanic working on the car, or is an automotive technician working on the vehicle? Are there differences between the two?

In this space, we’re exploring the difference between a mechanic and auto technician. Is it more than just semantics? Let’s dive in and find out.

Auto Mechanic vs Auto Technician: The Debate

Auto Technician TrainingAn auto mechanic is a highly skilled person who understands the mechanical aspects and how to bring a vehicle up to speed. An auto mechanic in the 1950s may have worked with a wrench and a socket set to solve engine issues, but things have certainly changed as the years have gone on. Today, computerized systems tell us a lot about vehicle performance and the engine itself.

Every repair shop needs to have the specific tools to make a diagnosis. While the term “auto mechanic” is still used today, one of the best ways to sum things up is that all technicians are auto mechanics, but not all auto mechanics are technicians.

An auto technician will typically have specialized knowledge in a certain field, with a focus on technical components. It’s more than just fixing an issue for an auto technician. They need to be able to pinpoint the issue, solve the issue, and then explain the issue in layman’s terms to a driver.

Preparing Technicians for Their Future

An automotive technician is a person who has been trained and certified by the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence).

ATC’s Automotive and Collision programs are based on specific subject matter that a technician is required to understand in order to pass the ASE Technician certification exams. Our experienced instructors encourage all students to register for the certification exams while attending school, right after completing a course in a specific certification area like Brakes, Engine Repair, or Electrical Systems.

As a student at ATC, you’re getting the latest education and schooling, which some auto mechanics may not be able to claim.

Our ATC Program Offerings

Collision RepairAt our auto technician school, we’re proud to offer students a few different programs. You can choose your specialty and enjoy a career as an automotive technician following graduation.

These are:

As you can see, there are many different ways your career can go. After passing your certification exam, technicians will be required to fulfill a work experience requirement of two years to become certified in most areas. Graduates of ATC programs may qualify for one year toward the work experience requirement.

Get Started with Your ATC Application Today!

Have you ever dropped your car off at a dealership and wondered if a mechanic or technician was working on it? Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, I wish I had those skills.” Now, you can apply to Automotive Training Center to start your career as an automotive technician.

Begin by filling out an online application, then schedule your campus tour near Exton and Warminster with the ATC team today!

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