Are Automotive Technicians Ready for a Self-Driving, Electrified Future?

In the past, all someone needed was a set of wrenches and a little aptitude to become a mechanic. With zero formal education, backyard tinkerers were able to turn their passion into a successful career.

But that’s no longer the case. Today’s cars are so complex that mechanics, now referred to as automotive technicians, need to be part IT professional to work on them. What’s more, because technology is advancing so rapidly, autoworkers will need to be even savvier to survive. Post-high-school education will be key for technicians to succeed in tomorrow’s economy and automotive landscape.

In other words: The industry is changing—in a big way. And the very definition of an automotive technician is changing along with it.

If you think self-driving vehicles are decades away, think again. Even entry-level cars, such as the 2018 Toyota Corolla, offer some level of autonomy.