Automotive

Explore a Career in Automotive Service & Repair

Do you enjoy a passion for cars and enjoy hands-on work?

Do you like fixing things, solving mechanical problems, and helping people at the same time?
If so,

Automotive Technology

might be a perfect area of study for you.

As an auto mechanic, you might use a computer to identify an engine problem or your hands to replace a part. You could build cars from scratch or work on innovative electric or hybrid vehicles. You’ll also get to perform regular maintenance, like oil changes and brake inspections, to keep things running smoothly. If this sounds like a career you’d enjoy, Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP) can help you get started.

As a GAP apprentice, you will:

Gain the hands-on skills you need

Get paid to go to school and train

Earn a college degree for free

Interested? If you’re in high school, you can participate in an apprenticeship program to learn how to be an auto mechanic (and get paid). At the same time, you can earn an automotive technology degree for free, fast-tracking your way to a paycheck and a rewarding career.

Skills for Success as an Automotive Technician

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could harness your strengths and interests and turn them into a rewarding career? Some of the best auto mechanics share characteristics like the ones below. If these seem familiar, automotive technology might be an excellent path for you.

Interests

  • Cars
  • Engines
  • Electronics
  • Machines
  • Technology
  • Repairing
  • Assembling
  • Troubleshooting
  • Systems construction

Skills

  • Mechanical ability
  • Problem-solving 
  • Physical stamina
  • Attention to detail
  • Customer service
  • Communication
  • Hands-on work
  • Time management

School Subjects

  • Technical/shop class
  • Electrical systems
  • Computers
  • Math
  • English
  • Business
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The Future of Automotive Technology Careers

Each year, approximately 73,300 new jobs for auto mechanic and service technicians are expected to open, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s because there’s a large workforce of auto mechanics who will be retiring and will need to be replaced with younger skilled workers. What’s more, the number of vehicles on the road is expected to rise, another reason qualified service and repair professionals will be in need.

As a trained automotive technician, you’ll get to diagnose issues with cars, trucks, and motorcycles using special tools and your knowledge of vehicles. You also might specialize in specific service repairs or vehicle models.

Your apprenticeship program could get you ready for one of these roles (and others):
Leverage your skills and passion for work within:
  • Car dealerships
  • Mechanic shops
  • Auto parts stores
  • Vehicle rental companies

You could even work on your own, as a self-employed mechanic.

Ultimately, the accelerated real-world experience you get from an apprenticeship can give you a head start in the field and provide you with access to a higher-paying position sooner. That means you’ll also have the chance to build up your salary quicker throughout your career.

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Potential Apprenticeship Providers and Employers

At Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP), we work with top automotive employers in the Piedmont-Triad area to provide the best hands-on apprenticeship training.  Learn from experienced workers who live in your community, gain valuable skills, and develop strong connections.

Once your apprenticeship is complete, you could continue working with your apprenticeship provider as a regular full-time employee. After all, our apprenticeship partners are looking to invest in you — building their next generation of skilled, loyal workers.

Learn more about our participating employers.

FAQs

Find answers to common questions about GAP’s apprenticeship and a career as an auto service technician or mechanic.

We provide apprenticeships for high school students throughout Guilford County, North Carolina, including Greensboro, Jamestown, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Oak Ridge, McLeansville, Pleasant Garden, Whitsett, and Sedalia.

No, students do not need to live in Guilford County, NC, or attend high school in Guilford County to qualify.

You can apply for our youth apprenticeship program starting your junior year of high school. If accepted, you start on-the-job training while you’re still in high school. You are paid for your work as an apprentice, and the cost of all of your tuition, books, and fees are covered as well.

You’ll earn a competitive hourly wage that increases as you progress through the program. Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship, you’ll have earned an associate’s degree from Guilford Technical Community College. If you’d like to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree, your associate degree credits are eligible for transfer to most state 4-year universities.

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According to Salary.com, the average auto mechanic salary is about $48,400, often ranging from $41,825 to $54,565. Specific salary can vary by factors such as location, experience level, and certifications.

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