Careers and Employment Outlook What does an auto body technician do? The Automotive Applied Technology program offers intensive career preparation through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Manufacturers provide late model cars on which students can practice skills and ensure the automotive program teaches the last automotive technology. The curriculum is updated frequently to reflect changing technology and equipment. Automotive technology is rapidly increasing in sophistication, and most training authorities strongly recommend that persons seeking employment as automotive technicians complete a formal training program. The ability to diagnose the source of the problem quickly and accurately is one of the technician’s most valuable skills. It requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Many technicians consider diagnosing “hard to find” troubles as one of their most challenging and satisfying duties. Earnings Median annual salaries for automotive service technicians were $51,342 in May 2015. The average hourly wage is $16.00. For more information, visit http://www.payscale.com.