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Test vehicle systems and parts, identify mechanical problems, perform basic maintenance, repair and replace parts, and interact with clients. Work on engines, transmissions, drive belts, brakes, electronic steering systems, diagnostic tools, power tools, and common hand tools.

Career Details


Students in Maintenance and Light Repair are trained in the following subject areas:

  • The use of trade-related hand and power tools
  • Maintenance and operation of refrigeration units
  • Safe handling in the storage, recovery, reclaiming, and recycling of refrigerants
  • Identify, adjust, and replace wall thermostats
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical components
  • Boiler service and repair
  • Pump installation and repair
  • Working with fire suppression systems and automated fire control units
  • Read blueprints and schematics, and work with electricity with a heavy emphasis on safety
  • Work with electricity with a heavy emphasis on safety

Career Options

Most Automotive and General Service Technician program graduates go on to work for businesses in the automotive industry. They can work at repair shops and perform routine maintenance.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Automotive and Machine Repair training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as

  • the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • the United Automobile Workers (UAW).

Credentials such as these prepare students for work in original equipment manufacturing (OEM) dealerships and aftermarket automotive machine shops.

Maintenance and Light Repair Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Problem-solving skills

Training Facilities