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An Automotive and General Service Technician works on an engine

Maintenance and Light Repair



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:

  • Learn how to repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles
  • Test automotive components and systems to ensure they are working properly
  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions
  • Repair and replace transmissions, brakes, and other automotive systems
  • Perform basic automobile maintenance
  • Repair and replace worn parts
  • Disassemble and reassemble parts

Career Options

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.


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

  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Problem-solving skills