Details Report for:
49-3023.02 - Automotive Specialty Technicians
Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
Sample of reported job titles: A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician), Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automobile Technician, Automotive Technician (Auto Technician), Drivability Technician, Heavy Line Technician, Lube Technician, Oil Bay Technician, Quick Service Technician, Service Technician
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
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Tools used in this occupation:
- Acoustic sensors — Mechanics' stethoscopes
- Adjustable widemouth pliers — Radiator hose pinchoff pliers
- Air compressors
- Automotive cleaners — Fuel injection cleaners
- Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Exhaust analyzers
- Automotive honing machine — Brake cylinder hones
- Bar code reader equipment — Code readers
- Battery acid hydrometers — Battery hydrometers
- Battery chargers — Battery jump starters
- Bench vises — Vises
- Bolt cutters
- Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes
- Box end wrenches — Ratcheting box wrenches
- Brake drum lathe — Brake drum lathes; Rotor/drum brake lathes
- Brake repair kits — Brake shoe tools; Disc brake pad spreaders; Shoe retaining spring tools
- Calipers — Dial calipers
- Catalytic combustion analyzers
- Circuit tester — Circuit testers; Continuity testers; Test lights
- Combination wrenches
- Compressed air gun — Pneumatic chassis lubriguns
- Compression testers — Compression analyzers
- Cutting die — Metal cutting dies
- Deburring tool — Deburring tools
- Desktop computers
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators
- Dollies — Auto body dollies
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Workshop presses
- Engine ignition systems — Dwell meters
- Engine or vehicle stands — Engine stands; Frame racks; Jack stands
- Feeler gauges — Spark plug gapping tools
- Grease guns
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — Wheel weight hammers
- Hand clamps — Clutch holding tools
- Hand reamer — Reamers
- Heat guns
- Heat tracing equipment — Infrared digital thermometers
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hoists — Chain hoists
- Hole gauge — Bore gauges
- Hose cutter — Hose cutters
- Hydraulic press brake — Hydraulic shop presses
- Impact wrenches
- Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
- Jacks — Transmission jacks
- Laser printers
- Leak testing equipment — Combustion leak detectors; Leak detection smoke machines; Light emitting diode LED leak detector lights
- Levels — Laser levels
- Liquid leak detectors — Leak detectors; Refrigerant leak detectors
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Multi gas monitors — Refrigerant identifiers
- Multimeters — Clamp-on multimeters
- Needlenose pliers
- Nut drivers
- Oil gun — Oil injectors
- Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches
- Organic light emitting displays — Scan tools
- Oxygen sensors
- Paint sprayers
- Personal computers
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Pipe or tube cutter — Exhaust/tail pipe cutters; Tube cutters
- Pipe wrenches
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters
- Pneumatic drill — Pneumatic drills
- Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels; Air hammers
- Pneumatic impact wrenches — Air wrenches; Butterfly air wrenches; Pneumatic wrenches
- Pneumatic sanding machines — Pneumatic orbital sanders; Sandblasters
- Pneumatic vacuum equipment — Brake bleeders; Hydraulic bleed tools; Pneumatic fluid evacuators; Pressure brake bleeders
- Power buffers — Buffers; Polishers
- Power drills — Angle drills
- Power flaring tool — Flaring tools
- Power grinders
- Power riveter — Rivet guns
- Power sanders
- Power saws — Reciprocating saws
- Pressure indicators — Diesel modulator shift testers; Engine oil pressure testers; Manifold gauge sets
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment
- Pry bars
- Pullers — Gear pullers; Hand pullers; Power pullers; Slide hammers (see all 6 examples)
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punches
- Rasps — Stickleback rasps
- Refrigerant compressors — Air conditioner chargers
- Remote reading thermometers — Non-contact thermometers
- Retaining ring pliers — External snap ring pliers; Internal retaining ring pliers
- Safety glasses
- Screw extractors — Screw extractor sets
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight blade screwdrivers
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
- Socket sets — Antenna socket sets; Socket wrench sets
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Spark plug tester — Ignition testers
- Spark plug wrench — Spark plug sockets
- Specialty wrenches — Breaker bars; Clutch wrenches; Oil filter wrenches; Ratcheting gear wrenches (see all 6 examples)
- Speed sensors — Revolutions per minute RPM gauges
- Steering wheel puller — Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
- Strap wrenches
- Stripping tools — Wire strippers
- Tachometers — Laser photo tachometers
- Tape measures
- Taps — Metal cutting taps
- Tire changing machines
- Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges
- Torque wrenches
- Torx keys
- Trim or molding tools — Scrapers
- Tube bending machine — Tubing benders
- Utility knives
- Vacuum gauges
- Vacuum pumps
- Valve seat cutter — Valve seating equipment
- Voltage or current meters — Alternator testers; In-line ignition spark testers; Spark plug testers; Voltmeters
- Welding masks
- Welding or soldering kit — Spot welding kits
- Wheel alignment equipment — Computerized suspension analyzers; Wheel alignment machines
- Wheel balancing equipment — Strobe wheel balancing systems for heavy vehicles; Wheel balancers
- Wheel nut or lug wrench — Lug wrenches
- Wire brushes
- Wire cutters
- Workshop cranes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — ARSIS Automotive Repair Shop Invoice System software
- Analytical or scientific software — Hunter WinAlign; Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm
- Data base reporting software — Genisys Fast Fixes; Pathfinder software
- Data base user interface and query software — Database software
- Facilities management software — Alliance Automotive Shop Controller; Mitchell OnDemand5 Manager; Scott Systems MaxxTraxx Pro; Snap-On ShoKey (see all 6 examples)
- Information retrieval or search software — Online service manual database software; Technical manual database software
- Internet browser software
- Project management software — Estimating software
- Align equipment or machinery.
- Repair defective engines or engine components.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Install vehicle parts or accessories.
- Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
- Adjust vehicle components according to specifications.
- Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition.
- Troubleshoot equipment or systems operation problems.
- Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
- Record information about parts, materials or repair procedures.
- Estimate costs for labor or materials.
- Install heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.
- Rebuild parts or components.
- Service green vehicles to make repairs or maintain good working order.
- Inspect gas systems or components to identify leaks or other potential hazards.
|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|
|29||High school diploma or equivalent|
|14||Less than high school diploma|
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.
|49-2096.00||Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles|
|49-3023.01||Automotive Master Mechanics Bright Outlook|
|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|
|49-9012.00||Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door|
|49-9021.01||Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers|
|53-6051.07||Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation Green|
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.