Advanced Automobile Service Technology, Pre-Apprentice

Advanced Automobile Service Technology, Pre-Apprentice

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy solving problems and working with your hands? Have an interest in assembling and deconstructing systems and structures? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Advanced Automobile Service Technology, Pre-Apprentice training program. Pre-apprenticeships are focused on preparing students for a successful experience in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). That means your hands-on training will be based on industry standards in order to prepare you for high-skill, quality employment. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Identify car problems (often by using computerized diagnostic equipment)  
  • Plan work procedures using charts, technical manuals and experience  
  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly   
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels and rotating tires 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Advanced Automobile Service Technology graduates go to work as a service technician or technician mechanic. This means graduates could be working at body shops or car dealerships. 

The credentials you will earn ...

This is the first level of Advanced Training offered in the Automobile Service Technology series. The Advanced Automobile Service Technology, Pre-Apprentice program, which is operated by our national training contractor United Auto Workers (UAW), offers industry credentials and certifications to students who complete the program. Students will also have the opportunity to earn other nationally recognized credentials from such organizations as:   

  • National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)  
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) 
  • Safety and Pollution Prevention (SP2) 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • High school diploma or the equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers)
  • Complete a Job Corps basic Automotive and Machine Repair career technical training program
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements
  • Be at least 17½ years old 
  • Positive attendance and progress record
  • Written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel
  • Health clearance at current center
  • Strong work ethic and determination to succeed
  • Have a valid driver’s license or no barriers to receiving a license while enrolled 
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person or videoconference interview 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.