5 Types of Jobs in the Automotive Industry
The automotive industry is constantly evolving and growing. With the addition of advanced technology and cutting-edge innovation comes a need for people who are passionate and educated about the trade.
Some might assume that working with cars means you’re the one under it, tinkering and tweaking the various parts that keep it running. While that may be the case for some automotive professionals, that’s not the only role that needs to be filled.
If you’re curious about working in the automotive industry, here are examples of five types of careers you can pursue.
5 Types of Jobs in the Automotive Industry
1. Tire / Lube Technician
Tire/ Lube Technicians (also known as general service technicians) touch the most vehicles in our busy shops. They are the backbone of our business. In a typical day, general service techs may find themselves rotating tires, checking and topping off fluids, changing oil, and performing other basic maintenance service on vehicles.
As a general service technician, you’ll gain experience working with a wide range of makes and models, from old, vintage clunkers to luxury sports cars. If you enjoy hands-on problem-solving and working in a fast-paced environment, this could be the right career path for you.
2. Automotive Technician / Master Mechanic
Being an automotive technician involves problem solving, diagnosis and repair, and a robust knowledge of cars.
Master mechanics are experienced technicians who have taken their knowledge of vehicle diagnosis and repair to the next level. These advanced professionals are tasked with performing repairs involving brakes, hydraulics, suspension, electrical, fuel ignition, air conditioning, computer systems, and more.
Automotive technicians can work towards becoming master mechanics through completing apprentice programs and passing the ASEs (Automotive Service Excellence exams). If you’re ready to expand your knowledge and grow your automotive career, start your journey to becoming a master mechanic with Virginia Tire & Auto.
3. Service Manager
Service managers oversee technicians and all work performed in our bays. A large portion of the role is managing the production workflow and ensuring that work is being completed in a quality and timely fashion.
Service managers continually interface with customers, making recommendations and selling jobs. They’re also responsible for customer satisfaction, ensuring that customers’ needs are being met and their questions are being answered. They’re also tasked with maintaining a safe and clean work environment in their respective location, ordering parts needed, confirming all technician recommendations, and overseeing technicians’ work product.
Ultimately, profitability and productivity are top-of-mind for individuals in a service manager role. Organized, detail-oriented individuals would bode well in this position.
4. Sales Associate
Sales associates work with customers to understand their needs and make basic product recommendations, including tire recommendations. There are also responsible for updating customers about their vehicles, scheduling appointments, and ultimately being a champion for the brand or company for which they’re working.
Working in a sales role involves a significant amount of one-on-one interaction with customers. That’s why relationship-building skills, patience, and a breadth of knowledge about the automotive industry are imperative.
5. Vehicle Inspector
Every year, drivers are required to complete their state vehicle inspections. It’s the job of a vehicle inspector to thoroughly evaluate every car and ensure that they are fit for the road. You must have an in-depth knowledge of state regulations and requirements and know exactly what to look for when it comes to safety and emissions. It’s up to you to pass or fail vehicles based on state guidelines.
Becoming a vehicle inspector requires a certification from the state. Once you complete the requirements, you’re eligible to inspect vehicles in your state and even perform minor repairs if given customer approval.
Work for Virginia Tire & Auto
At Virginia Tire & Auto, it’s more than just a job. It’s an opportunity to grow your career on a team of passionate professionals. We’re hiring technicians, sales associates, customer service representatives, and more. Apply today and join the team at Virginia Tire & Auto!