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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: ASE Master Mechanic (Automotive Service Excellence Master Mechanic), Auto Technician, Automotive Drivability Technician, Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Service Technician, Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician), Master Automotive Technician, Master Technician, Mechanic, Transmission Rebuilder

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
86   Core
Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
85   Core
Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
84   Core
Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
84   Core
Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
81   Core
Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
81   Core
Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
80   Core
Align vehicles' front ends.
79   Core
Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
78   Core
Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
78   Core
Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
78   Core
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.
78   Core
Maintain cleanliness of work area.
74   Core
Repair radiator leaks.
74   Core
Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
74   Core
Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
72   Core
Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
71   Core
Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
70   Core
Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
69   Core
Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
66   Core
Repair or replace shock absorbers.
65   Core
Replace and adjust headlights.
64   Core
Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
72   Supplemental
Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
32   Supplemental
Repair damaged automobile bodies.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Accounting software — Mitchell Manager Invoicing System
  • Analytical or scientific software — Blue Streak Electronics Buell Diagnostic; CODA Engine Analysis System; SPX/OTC Genisys ConnecTech PC
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Data base user interface and query software — AutoZone ALLDATA; Recordkeeping software; Vehicle management software
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — SAP Hot technology
  • Facilities management software — Alliance Automotive Shop Controller; Mainsaver Asset Management; Snap-On ShopKey
  • Information retrieval or search software — Online service manual database software; Technical manual database software
  • Internet browser software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Hot technology
  • Project management software — Estimating software
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • 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
  • Awls
  • 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
  • Calipers
  • 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
  • Dynamometers
  • 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
  • Forklifts
  • 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
  • Hoists
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
  • Impact wrenches
  • Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
  • Integrated circuit testers — Light emitting diode LED circuit testers; Mini circuit testers
  • Jacks
  • 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
  • Micrometers
  • 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
  • Nibblers
  • Nut drivers
  • Ohmmeters
  • 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)
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Paint sprayers — High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Picks
  • 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
  • Ratchets
  • 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
  • Shears
  • 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
  • Tachometers
  • 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
  • Winches
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters
  • Workshop cranes

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
96 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
62 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
61 
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.
58 
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.
50 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
48 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
44 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
43 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
42 
Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
42 
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
39 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
36 
Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
36 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
32 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
32 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
27 
Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
23 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
22 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
21 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
21 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
14 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
9 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
7 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
5 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
4 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
4 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
4 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
4 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
1 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
1 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
1 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
1 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
0 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
78 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
75 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
75 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
72 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
69 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
69 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
69 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
66 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
60 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
56 
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.
56 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
50 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
50 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
50 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
50 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
47 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
47 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
47 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
44 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
44 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
44 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
35 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
35 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
31 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
28 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
25 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
22 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
19 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
72 
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.
72 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
72 
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.
72 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
69 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
69 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
69 
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.
69 
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.
66 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
66 
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).
66 
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.
63 
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.
60 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
56 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
56 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
56 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
53 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
53 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
50 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
50 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
50 
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.
50 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
50 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
50 
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.
47 
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.
47 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
47 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
44 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
44 
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.
44 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
44 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
44 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
41 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
41 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
41 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
41 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
38 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
31 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
28 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
25 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
25 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
25 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
25 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
25 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
25 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
13 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
89 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
89 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
86 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
84 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
82 
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.
79 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
78 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
76 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
71 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
70 
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.
69 
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.
68 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
67 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
67 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
67 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
67 
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.
66 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
65 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
62 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
62 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
57 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
56 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
56 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
56 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
56 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
55 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
54 
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.
53 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
51 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
49 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
48 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
48 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
48 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
47 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
47 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
46 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
45 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
42 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
35 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
33 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
24 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


99     Every day
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


95     Continually or almost continually
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


94     Every day
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


77     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


74     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


75     Continually or almost continually
14     More than half the time
11     About half the time
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


76     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


58     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


80     Every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


54     Extremely important
45     Very important
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


74     Every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


48     Constant contact with others
46     Contact with others most of the time
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


58     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


68     Every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Never
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


46     A lot of freedom
35     Some freedom
15     Limited freedom
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


55     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


40     Very important results
37     Important results
17     Moderate results
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


41     A lot of freedom
33     Some freedom
18     Limited freedom
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


50     More than 40 hours
50     40 hours
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


44     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


66     Every day
28     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


29     Continually or almost continually
30     More than half the time
28     About half the time
13     Less than half the time
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


29     Extremely important
28     Very important
29     Important
13     Fairly important
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


37     Extremely serious
23     Very serious
14     Serious
16     Fairly serious
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


30     Continually or almost continually
31     More than half the time
35     Less than half the time
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


40     Every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


25     Extremely important
28     Very important
24     Important
12     Not important at all
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


18     Extremely competitive
25     Highly competitive
37     Moderately competitive
16     Slightly competitive
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


29     Extremely important
14     Very important
25     Important
16     Fairly important
16     Not important at all
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


23     Very high responsibility
18     High responsibility
35     Moderate responsibility
15     No responsibility
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


21     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


12     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
51     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


29     Continually or almost continually
17     More than half the time
11     About half the time
28     Less than half the time
15     Never
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


27     Very important
43     Important
11     Not important at all
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


35     Moderately close (at arm's length)
44     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
19     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


20     Continually or almost continually
12     More than half the time
23     About half the time
44     Less than half the time
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


36     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


18     Very high responsibility
14     High responsibility
25     Moderate responsibility
32     Limited responsibility
12     No responsibility
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


27     Every day
29     Once a year or more but not every month
27     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


26     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
16     Never
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


39     Every day
59     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


32     Every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
49     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


15     Every day
16     Once a year or more but not every month
56     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


23     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
50     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


34     Less than half the time
47     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


11     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
58     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


14     Once a year or more but not every month
69     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


15     Important
21     Fairly important
58     Not important at all
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


25     Slightly automated
59     Not at all automated
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


11     About half the time
36     Less than half the time
54     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


22     Once a month or more but not every week
71     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


24     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
76     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


18     Once a year or more but not every month
76     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


84     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


85     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


11     Less than half the time
89     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


100     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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 hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
52   Post-secondary certificate Help
41   High school diploma or equivalent Help
5   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100 
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.
45 
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.
33 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
33 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
6 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
0 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
86 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
82 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
75 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
74 
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.
73 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
71 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
66 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
65 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
65 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
64 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
64 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
64 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
57 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
55 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
54 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
37 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
56 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
50 
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.
47 
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.
45 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
39 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
33 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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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 (2017) $19.02 hourly, $39,550 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2016) 750,000 employees
Projected growth (2016-2026) Average (5% to 9%) Average (5% to 9%)
Projected job openings (2016-2026) 75,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2016)
Retail Trade (44% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data external site and 2016-2026 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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