While you might not expect it, the service department might actually be the most populous part of a dealership. While sales is certainly up there, and might be your first guess, the service department requires all kinds of employees to make it run like a well-oiled machine, and service technicians are just one part of it. If you’re interested in starting a career in automotive service, we’ve got some information on how to do just that.
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How to Become a Service Technician
The bread and butter of the service department, service technicians are incredibly important and highly sought after. If you’re already a trained mechanic and looking for work, be sure to reach out to us right away, as we’re always looking for talented professionals to join our team. If you’re not already experienced, here are a few steps you can take to try to break into the field.
The best way to start a career in automotive service is to attend an Auto Mechanic Program at a trade school. This not only shows us your commitment and dedication, it will teach you the fundamentals through hands-on training in many of the things you’ll need once you start. Explore different trade school options and programs, some of them can be completed in as little as seven or eight months.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to start working right away, you can train on the go by finding an entry-level job that provides on-the-job training. Positions like this will typically be part time and pay less until you hit a minimum number of hours or qualifications.
Naturally, for more important positions, more experience and certifications will be required. Don’t expect to apply for a service manager position without any experience as a technician, for example.
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Other Positions in the Service Department
There are plenty of other positions needed to be filled in the service department that don’t actually require being a service technician. Warranty administrators, cashiers, drivers, shipping and receiving and other positions are also required, so be sure to check out what else is available.