DETROIT (Aug. 22, 2016) — On Monster.com, the giant national career website, dozens of new-vehicle dealers are embroiled in a bidding war of sorts for certified automotive repair technicians.
Some auto dealerships are offering starting salaries as high as $100,000 per year and $3,000 signing bonuses.
The job requirements have morphed along with advancing technology in today's new vehicles. Required skills now include strong math ability, solid writing and communications skills, logical thinking and diagnostic talent.
But that age-old industry image—or is it scourge?—of the “grease monkey” stubbornly persists in some quarters—most notably among the parents of high school students contemplating careers fixing vehicles.
One reason that image persists is that some of the lowest rungs on the service technician's career ladder involve dirty jobs at close to minimum wage.
It's common for students without auto maker factory training or certifications to get their hands dirty changing oil, replacing tires and doing other entry-level jobs at a dealership while they take classes, either at vocational schools or from vehicle manufacturers.