Automotive Technician vs Automotive Mechanic

Mechanic is defined by the Oxford Advanced Leaner’s Dictionary as “a person whose job is repairing machines, especially the engines of vehicles.” Mechanics usually work with hand tools.

An automotive mechanic can be anyone, certified or not that is more equipped to handle the mechanical aspects of automotive repair.

Technician is defined by the Oxford Advanced Leaner’s Dictionary as “a person whose job is keeping a particular type of equipment or machinery in good condition.” Technicians usually work with technology.

The conventional view is, Automotive Technicians are individuals who deal with more of the computerized side of vehicles. This became popularized as cars started to become more computerized, which presented a need to deal with the on-board diagnostics. Automotive Mechanics tend to be self-taught and deal more with the nuts and bolts of vehicle repair. However, that does not mean an auto mechanic cannot be skilled in many aspects of vehicle repair. Many mechanics have adapted a wide array of skills that has enabled them to become capable of servicing vehicles of all makes and models.

Modern vehicles are much more complex then their older predecessors. With electronic control systems taking over what used to be controlled purely by mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical systems in the past, the modern automobile exposes the ever-widening gap between the skills required to be considered a technician versus that of a mechanic.

Repair shops should not hire an Automotive Technician to simply diagnose problems and then hand off the second part of the job to someone who is labeled as an auto mechanic. Auto technicians typically take care of the diagnosis and repair. Otherwise, it would cost a repair shop much more in terms of payroll. In the end, all technicians are mechanics, but not all mechanics are technicians. It is up to you as a business owner or service manager to hire accordingly.

-Jon Parks, October 26, 2018

2014 Woman’s British Open Champion

A question I frequently get is, “What was going through your head when you made that putt on 18 to win the British Open?”. The same thing that was going through my head when I hit my 3 wood in on 18 (which hit the pin). Also, the same thing that was going through my head on the first hole on Thursday. Total commitment. The truth is, we never really know. In any endeavor, we have an end result in mind – we take the needed time to hone the necessary skills, we prepare externally, and then come time to execute. Sometimes the result is better than anything we could have expected, sometimes a fail. Regardless of the result, the process is most important. Yes, I was nervous on the 18th hole, I knew whatever was about to happen was going to be a big deal. But I was also nervous on the first hole, and there are times I get nervous in every single tournament.

There are two points I’d like to emphasize here:

  1. As with any “major” feat, I didn’t do this alone. My Dad taught me from a book in a homemade net in my driveway to get me started. A kind man let me sneak in the practice facilities for free as a child, and my college coach took a chance on me and let me walk on the team at UCLA. There are countless others who have been part of my journey, even an anonymous donor who sponsored my junior tournaments. It’s very important to recognize all the people who help up along the way, and just as important to keep helping others in turn.
  2. ┬áIn anything we’re trying to accomplish, we need to create a process, and make commitment a habit… whether it’s hitting a 3 footer to finish a practice at dusk, or whether it’s a putt to win the British Open with the world as your witness. Make the same commitment.

– Melissa “Mo” Martin (2014 Woman’s British Open Champion), July 13, 2018