Most people use the term mechanic interchangeably with the term technician as their job duties are similar. The question is: Are there any real differences between what a mechanic and technician do?
Technically, a technician has had training at a technical college and has earned an Associate degree in Auto Repair. This training allows them to diagnose and repair issues with vehicles. A mechanic is a skilled person that can fix vehicles. They have gained their skills mainly through experience rather than a college degree.
Today, our vehicles are much more involved than the older vehicles that we once owned. When a vehicle is having a brake problem, a mechanic may just replace the brake, but a technician’s experience is required to be able to diagnose why the front brakes aren’t braking effectively, using the vehicle’s computer systems. This could also include a scan tool diagnosis and data interpretation.
Like many professional trades, being in the car repair business requires training. The term technician implies this.
Really, no matter what term you use, the important thing is that you have the trust and confidence in your repair shop that your vehicle’s repairs will be done correctly.
Here at Bob’s Auto Service, we put quality and service first. Our technicians have Associate degrees in automotive repair and have certifications in some or all areas of the ASE program. Give us a call at 608-782-1375 to experience a quality repair on your vehicle.
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