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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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Tasks

  • Test drive vehicles, and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, and other potentially troublesome areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems, and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine-cooling, and electrical systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair manual and automatic transmissions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install and repair accessories such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain cleanliness of work area. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace shock absorbers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace and adjust headlights. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair radiator leaks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align vehicles' front ends. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rebuild parts such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair damaged automobile bodies. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Acoustic sensors — Mechanics' stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anvils — Dolly blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Exhaust analyzers; Portable exhaust analyzers; Smoke machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automotive honing machine — Brake rotor hones; Engine cylinder hones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Awls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery acid hydrometers — Battery hydrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery chargers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery testers — Battery load testers; Battery/alternator testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises — Vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Cutting torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bolt cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches — Ratcheting box wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Brake repair kits — Brake shoe tools; Brake tools; Shoe retaining spring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps — Locking C-clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Capacitance meters — Capacity testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Circuit testers; Continuity testers; Test lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers — Gasket scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compressed air gun — Impact guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers — Cylinder leakage testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting die — Metal cutting dies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deburring tool — Deburring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges; Dial indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital testers — Computerized engine analyzers; Handheld computer diagnostic equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill bit set — Drill bit sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine ignition systems — Dwell meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine or vehicle stands — Jack stands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges — Spark plug gapping tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat hand file — Flat files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Combustible gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welding equipment; Oxyacetylene welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Growler tester — Coil testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — 3 pound sledge hammers; Brass hammers; Plastic tip hammers; Soft face hammers (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat tracing equipment — Infrared thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Integrated circuit testers — Light emitting diode LED circuit testers; Mini circuit testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Leak detecting diagnostic smoke machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Laser levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Linemans pliers — Insulated pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Locking jaw pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Motor starter controls — Remote starter switches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — 5-gas emissions analyzers; Refrigerant gas analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — 2-channel lab scopes; Clamp-on multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nibblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil gun — Oil injectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • 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) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers — High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe bending tools — Brake line flaring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Tubing cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Air drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches — Pneumatic wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Air sanders; Sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic vacuum equipment — Pressure brake bleeders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Computerized scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Electric drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Grinding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Circular saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Fuel pressure testers; Manifold gauge sets; Oil pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Power washers; Steam cleaning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Ball joint separators; Bearing pullers; Gear puller tools; Slide hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punches; Pin punches; Punches; Taper punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rasps — Stickleback rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerant compressors — Air conditioner chargers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Remote reading thermometers — Non-contact thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Retaining ring pliers — External snap ring pliers; Internal retaining ring pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Riveting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety shoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight blade screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sockets — Socket wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Alignment wrenches; Breaker bars; Chain wrenches; Locking wrenches (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Timing lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steering wheel puller — Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strap wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tachometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taps — Metal cutting taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongue and groove pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torx keys — Torx screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Bench lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trim or molding tools — Carbon scrapers; Scrapers; Spoons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube bending machine — Tubing benders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic diagnostic kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps — Antifreeze recovery equipment; Freon recovery equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Valve seat cutter — Valve seating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Alternating current/direct current AC/DC inductive current clamps; Ignition module testers; Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding or soldering kit — Spot welding kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel alignment equipment — Front end alignment equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel balancing equipment — Wheel balancers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench — Lug wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Workshop cranes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Mitchell Manager Invoicing System See more occupations related to this technology.
  • 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) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — AutoZone ALLDATA; Recordkeeping software; Vehicle management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Alliance Automotive Shop Controller; Snap-On ShoKey See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Information retrieval or search software — Online service manual database software; Technical manual database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Estimating software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Align equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with customers or users to assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install vehicle parts or accessories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust vehicle components according to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Service vehicles to maintain functionality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate transportation equipment to demonstrate function or malfunction. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Service heating, ventilation or air-conditioning (HVAC) systems or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan work procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install audio or communications equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Rebuild parts or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Rewire electrical or electronic systems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 74% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 68% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 83% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 65% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 71% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 64% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 43% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 50% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 34% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 36% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 30% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 28% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 50% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 42% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 36% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 46% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 27% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 28% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
72   Post-secondary certificate Help
16   Some college, no degree
8   High school diploma or equivalent Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RI

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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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
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 701,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 237,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "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.

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