Details Report for:
49-3023.01 - Automotive Master Mechanics
Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
Sample of reported job titles: Auto Technician, Automobile Technician, Automotive Service Technician, Automotive Technician, Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician), Master Automotive Technician, Master Technician, Mechanic, Shop Foreman, Truck Technician
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Tools used in this occupation:
- Acoustic sensors — Mechanics' stethoscopes
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air compressors
- Anvils — Dolly blocks
- Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Exhaust analyzers; Portable exhaust analyzers; Smoke machines
- Automotive honing machine — Brake rotor hones; Engine cylinder hones
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
- Battery acid hydrometers — Battery hydrometers
- Battery chargers
- Battery testers — Battery load testers; Battery/alternator testers
- Bench vises — Vises
- Blow torch — Cutting torches
- Bolt cutters
- Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes
- Box end wrenches — Ratcheting box wrenches
- Brake repair kits — Brake shoe tools; Brake tools; Shoe retaining spring tools
- C clamps — Locking C-clamps
- Capacitance meters — Capacity testers
- Catalytic combustion analyzers
- Circuit tester — Circuit testers; Continuity testers; Test lights
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cleaning scrapers — Gasket scrapers
- Cold chisels
- Combination pliers
- Combination wrenches
- Compressed air gun — Impact guns
- Compression testers — Cylinder leakage testers
- Cutting die — Metal cutting dies
- Deburring tool — Deburring tools
- Desktop computers
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges; Dial indicators
- Digital testers — Computerized engine analyzers; Handheld computer diagnostic equipment
- Drill bit set — Drill bit sets
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
- Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs
- Engine ignition systems — Dwell meters
- Engine or vehicle stands — Jack stands
- Feeler gauges — Spark plug gapping tools
- Flat hand file — Flat files
- Gas detectors — Combustible gas detectors
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welding equipment; Oxyacetylene welding equipment
- Grease guns
- Growler tester — Coil testers
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — 3 pound sledge hammers; Brass hammers; Plastic tip hammers; Soft face hammers (see all 5 examples)
- Hand clamps
- Hand reamer — Reamers
- Heat guns
- Heat tracing equipment — Infrared thermometers
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
- Impact wrenches
- Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
- Integrated circuit testers — Light emitting diode LED circuit testers; Mini circuit testers
- Laser printers
- Leak testing equipment — Leak detecting diagnostic smoke machines
- Levels — Laser levels
- Linemans pliers — Insulated pliers
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Locking jaw pliers
- Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools
- Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Motor starter controls — Remote starter switches
- Multi gas monitors — 5-gas emissions analyzers; Refrigerant gas analyzers
- Multimeters — 2-channel lab scopes; Clamp-on multimeters
- Needlenose pliers
- Nut drivers
- Oil gun — Oil injectors
- Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches
- Organic light emitting displays — Anti-lock braking system ABS/air bag scan tools; Auto scanners; Graphing scanners; Modular diagnostic information systems (see all 6 examples)
- Paint sprayers — High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns
- Personal computers
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Pipe bending tools — Brake line flaring tools
- Pipe or tube cutter — Tubing cutters
- Pipe wrenches
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters
- Pneumatic drill — Air drills
- Pneumatic impact wrenches — Pneumatic wrenches
- Pneumatic sanding machines — Air sanders; Sandblasters
- Pneumatic vacuum equipment — Pressure brake bleeders
- Portable data input terminals — Computerized scanners
- Power buffers — Buffers
- Power drills — Electric drills
- Power grinders — Grinding equipment
- Power saws — Circular saws
- Pressure indicators — Fuel pressure testers; Manifold gauge sets; Oil pressure gauges
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Power washers; Steam cleaning equipment
- Protective gloves
- Pry bars
- Pullers — Ball joint separators; Bearing pullers; Gear puller tools; Slide hammers
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punches; Pin punches; Punches; Taper punches
- Rasps — Stickleback rasps
- Razor knives
- Refrigerant compressors — Air conditioner chargers
- Remote reading thermometers — Non-contact thermometers
- Retaining ring pliers — External snap ring pliers; Internal retaining ring pliers
- Rivet tools — Riveting tools
- Safety glasses
- Safety shoes
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight blade screwdrivers
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Sockets — Socket wrenches
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Specialty wrenches — Alignment wrenches; Breaker bars; Chain wrenches; Locking wrenches (see all 8 examples)
- Speed sensors — Timing lights
- Steering wheel puller — Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
- Strap wrenches
- Stripping tools — Wire strippers
- Tape measures
- Taps — Metal cutting taps
- Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges
- Tongue and groove pliers
- Torque wrenches
- Torx keys — Torx screwdrivers
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Bench lathes
- Trim or molding tools — Carbon scrapers; Scrapers; Spoons
- Tube bending machine — Tubing benders
- Two way radios
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic diagnostic kits
- Vacuum gauges
- Vacuum pumps — Antifreeze recovery equipment; Freon recovery equipment
- Valve seat cutter — Valve seating equipment
- Voltage or current meters — Alternating current/direct current AC/DC inductive current clamps; Ignition module testers; Voltmeters
- Welding masks
- Welding or soldering kit — Spot welding kits
- Wheel alignment equipment — Front end alignment equipment
- Wheel balancing equipment — Wheel balancers
- Wheel nut or lug wrench — Lug wrenches
- Wire brushes
- Wire cutters
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters
- Workshop cranes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — Mitchell Manager Invoicing System
- Analytical or scientific software — Blue Streak Electronics Buell Diagnostic; Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm; Personal digital assistants PDA diagnostic software; SPX/OTC Genisys ConnecTech PC (see all 6 examples)
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
- Data base user interface and query software — AutoZone ALLDATA; Recordkeeping software; Vehicle management software
- Facilities management software — Alliance Automotive Shop Controller; Snap-On ShoKey
- Information retrieval or search software — Online service manual database software; Technical manual database software
- Internet browser software
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Project management software — Estimating software
- Align equipment or machinery.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
- Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies.
- Install vehicle parts or accessories.
- Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Adjust vehicle components according to specifications.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Clean work areas.
- Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition.
- Service vehicles to maintain functionality.
- Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
- Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
- Operate transportation equipment to demonstrate function or malfunction.
- Service heating, ventilation or air-conditioning (HVAC) systems or components.
- Install audio or communications equipment.
- Plan work procedures.
- Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
- Rebuild parts or components.
- Rewire electrical or electronic systems.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|16||Some college, no degree|
|8||High school diploma or equivalent|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|49-2092.00||Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers|
|49-2094.00||Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment|
|49-2096.00||Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles|
|49-3023.02||Automotive Specialty Technicians Bright Outlook Green|
|49-3031.00||Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists|
|49-3041.00||Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians|
|49-3042.00||Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines|
|49-3051.00||Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians|
|49-9041.00||Industrial Machinery Mechanics|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics.
Employment data collected from Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics.
Industry data collected from Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics.
|Median wages (2014)||$17.84 hourly, $37,120 annual|
|Employment (2012)||701,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Average (8% to 14%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||237,600|
|Top industries (2012)||
Retail Trade (41% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) , 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201. Phone: (703) 247-4212. Fax: (703) 247-4533.
- Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) , 50 W. Big Beaver, Suite 145, Troy, MI 48084. Phone: (248) 526-1750. Fax: (248) 526-1751.
- National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) , Public Relations Dept., 8400 Westpark Dr., McLean, VA 22102-3591. Phone: (703) 821-7000.
- National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) , 101 Blue Seal Dr. SE, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175. Phone: (703) 669-6650. Fax: (703) 669-6125.
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) , 101 Blue Seal Dr. SE, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175. Phone: (703) 669-6600.
- SkillsUSA , P.O. Box 3000, Leesburg, VA 20177-0300. Phone: (703) 777-8810. Fax: (703) 777-8999.