CHOOSE A CAREER THAT WORKS FOR YOU

CHOOSE A CAREER THAT WORKS FOR YOU

CHOOSE A
CAREER THAT
WORKS FOR YOU

The automotive industry is on the cusp of an exciting new era. Today, GM-certified technicians are part of an innovative movement that is looking toward the future by understanding and diagnosing advanced technology in infotainment systems and electric vehicles. Attending a General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) school is a great way to enter the field and with opportunities for continued training, becoming a GM World Class Technician is within your reach.

LEARNING AND LEADING WITH GM DEALERS

Making decisions for your future can be an intimidating task. There are so many pathways to choose from—and you’re likely being encouraged to explore many different directions by others in your life. A career as an automotive technician is a great opportunity to put your natural aptitude for STEM and problem-solving to the test. This field is constantly evolving with advancements in engineering and technology that make GM vehicles cutting edge. Automotive technicians are also in high demand nationwide, so choosing this career path can open up a lot of doors to you in terms of future opportunity.

 

Whatever educational and career pathway you choose, you deserve the opportunity to receive a comprehensive education in your field and find a career that provides competitive pay and benefits, without the pressure of overburdening student loans. Attending a GM ASEP school can provide this opportunity. GM ASEP delivers advanced and customized automotive service training focused on technical training, problem-solving, digital prowess, and critical thinking. At a GM ASEP school, you can earn an associate degree and gain valuable hands-on experience at a sponsoring dealer, helping to streamline your career path.

 

A career as an automotive technician has a lot to offer compared with some of the more traditional paths available to you. Read on to learn more about the benefits that this field could provide for you.

GM ASEP VS. 4-YEAR COLLEGE

CAREER DEMAND

Automotive technicians are in high demand. Mastering an imperative skill like technician work can help make you a valuable commodity in the job market. GM ASEP provides a different kind of program than a traditional 4-year college to help streamline your path to a bright future.

ACCESSIBILITY & AFFORDABILITY

With GM ASEP, you can earn your degree in as little as 2 years. And while an education at a 4-year college costs more than $100,000 on average, GM ASEP tuition typically costs between $9,000 and $16,000—for a more manageable investment in your future that won’t come back to haunt you later.

CAREER SUPPORT & OPPORTUNITIES

Unlike a traditional college experience, where getting job experience and finding career opportunities are essentially left up to you, GM ASEP aims to guide you every step of the way, offering paid internships as a built-in part of its programs and providing you with connections to a network of experienced industry professionals in your field.

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GM ASEP VS. 4-YEAR COLLEGE

CHOOSE A CAREER THAT MOVES

If you’re just starting out or in need of a career change, becoming an automotive technician is a great choice for those who are driven to succeed. This industry provides plenty of opportunities to improve your skills and move up in your career—as well as increase your salary. There are also tons of ways to enter this field—while GM ASEP provides a great program, you can become a part of this industry and achieve success with experience from any trade school or high school program, from the GM Shifting Gears military program, or, if you’re motivated, even with no experience at all.

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APPRENTICE

$28,000-$36,000
potential annual income
6 month-2 year average time spent in role

 

When you’re first starting out, you’ll focus largely on express service and vehicle inspections, gaining basic familiarity with the vehicles and tools of the trade, and learning from more experienced technicians.

MAIN LINE

$40,000-$70,000
potential annual income
2-5 year average time spent in role

 

Once you excel to the main line level, you’ll be able to handle most repairs without oversight. In this stage, you’ll work toward your bronze, silver, and gold certifications.

MASTER TECHNICIAN

$54,000-$84,000
potential annual income

 

A master technician is trusted to handle the more challenging work that comes in and to help support new apprentices in their career development. This is where you get the opportunity to focus specifically on your areas of interest. A Master Certification in Hybrid/Electric vehicles or Electrical/Electronics systems will be valuable as vehicle technology continues to advance.

 

You can also specialize in 11 other areas, including:

Automatic Transmissions
Body Structure Repair (I-CAR)
Brakes
Diesel Engine Performance
Engine Performance
Engine Repair
Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Manual Drivetrain & Axle
Mechanical/Electric Body Repair
Paint & Refinish
Steering & Suspension

WORLD CLASS TECHNICIAN

income boost based on experience

 

Achieving world-class status is the highest honor a technician can earn—and it's a great opportunity to increase your knowledge, your income, and your value to the shop. To reach world-class status, a technician must achieve a Master Technician Certification in either Engine Performance or Diesel Engine Performance, as well as seven other related Master Technician Certifications.

CAREER PATH

With technology constantly advancing, the automotive industry is moving into a new chapter. Make your mark on the future—start working toward opportunities to become a World Class Technician and beyond with a career that allows for growth and success.

APPRENTICE

$28,000-$36,000 potential annual income
6 month-2 year average time spent in role

 

When you’re first starting out, you’ll focus largely on express service and vehicle inspections, gaining basic familiarity with the vehicles and tools of the trade, and learning from more experienced technicians.

MAIN LINE

$40,000-$70,000 potential annual income
2-5 year average time spent in role

 

Once you excel to the main line level, you’ll be able to handle most repairs without oversight. In this stage, you’ll work toward your bronze, silver, and gold certifications.

MASTER TECHNICIAN

$54,000-$84,000 potential annual income

 

A master technician is trusted to handle the more challenging work that comes in and to help support new apprentices in their career development. This is where you get the opportunity to focus specifically on your areas of interest. A Master Certification in Hybrid/Electric vehicles or Electrical/Electronics systems will be valuable as vehicle technology continues to advance.

 

You can also specialize in 11 other areas, including:

Automatic Transmissions
Body Structure Repair (I-CAR)
Brakes
Diesel Engine Performance
Engine Performance
Engine Repair
Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Manual Drivetrain & Axle
Mechanical/Electric Body Repair
Paint & Refinish
Steering & Suspension

WORLD CLASS TECHNICIAN

income boost based on experience

 

Achieving world-class status is the highest honor a technician can earn—and it's a great opportunity to increase your knowledge, your income, and your value to the shop. To reach world-class status, a technician must achieve a Master Technician Certification in either Engine Performance or Diesel Engine Performance, as well as seven other related Master Technician Certifications.

LEVERAGE YOUR SKILLS IN OTHER AREAS

The skills you develop as a technician can also allow you to branch out into additional roles outside of technician work that may be more suited to your areas of interest. For example:

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE–Interested in utilizing your automotive knowledge while also taking advantage of your people skills for more face-to-face interaction with customers? As a service advisor, you can work with customers to identify their needs and schedule service and maintenance appointments.

 

MANAGEMENT–If you’re looking to move into a position with more responsibility, becoming the manager of the Parts Department or Service Operations can involve overseeing dozens of technicians and hundreds of maintenance orders daily.

 

SHOP FOREMAN–The shop foreman serves as the supervisor for everything that goes on in the dealership. As a foreman, you’ll hire and train new technicians, oversee maintenance, and lend your expertise to complex repairs when necessary.

 

OWNERSHIP–With the right experience and drive, you could have the opportunity to own your own local dealership.

You could earn $100,000 annually as a GM Dealer Technician.

Become a GM Dealer Technician with less student loan debt.

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POTENTIAL GM DEALERSHIP EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:

  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Competitive compensation 401(k) with company match
  • Discounted vehicle purchases
  • Relocation assistance for qualified candidates
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Competitive compensation 401(k) with company match
  • Discounted vehicle purchases
  • Relocation assistance for qualified candidates
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Company-wide wellness programs
  • Company-wide wellness programs

MAKE GM’S DEALER NETWORK YOUR POINT A

GM Dealers need leaders to help change the world through advanced technology, ingenuity, and expertise. Take advantage of opportunities nationwide and begin a fulfilling career with a GM Dealership. Your first step starts with us.

 

If you’re a trained technician looking for a new opportunity, call your local GM Dealership to learn more about open positions. Use the tool below to locate a dealer near you. The dealer may also have a career page on their website where you can view current openings.

  • Annual income ranges and timing for advancement are industry-wide OEM dealership statistics as reported through Go Project Shift research. Source: goprojectshift.com

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