Maintenance and Light Repair

Maintenance and Light Repair

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you fix cars in your spare time? Enjoy solving problems and working with your hands?   

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Maintenance – Light Repair training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Identify problems (often by using computerized diagnostic equipment)  
  • Plan work procedures using charts, technical manuals and experience  
  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly  
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels and rotating tires 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Maintenance – Light Repair graduates go on to work for repair, automotive and mechanic shops, including original equipment manufacturing (OEM) dealerships and aftermarket automotive machine shops.  

Students should also consider pursuing Advanced Collision Repair and Refinish – Damage Analysis and Estimating, Advanced Automobile Service Technology, and other Advanced Training programs at Job Corps as part of their career pathway. 

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Maintenance – Light Repair program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as: 

  • National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) 
  • United Automobile Workers (UAW) 

What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Richard Pernice
Richard Pernice Automotive instructor at Oneonta Job Corps Center, has worked in the industry for over 30 years. He attended Hudson Valley Community College, where he earned an associate degree in automotive technical services, and holds several Automotive Service Excellence and dealership certifications. Richard also previously operated his own automotive shop, where he worked with local students.   In his free time, Richard enjoys hunting, fishing, working with his family on their horse farm and working on projects in his private garage. He is also a member of the fire department, where he enjoys helping others at their time of need.