Summary Report for:
49-3023.01 - Automotive Master Mechanics
Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
Sample of reported job titles: Auto Technician, Automobile Technician, Automotive Service Technician, Automotive Technician, Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician), Master Automotive Technician, Master Technician, Mechanic, Shop Foreman, Truck Technician
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
- Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
- Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
- 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.
- Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
- Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
- Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
- Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
- Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
- Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
- Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
- Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
- Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
- Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
- Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
- Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
- Maintain cleanliness of work area.
- Repair or replace shock absorbers.
- Replace and adjust headlights.
- Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
- Repair radiator leaks.
- Align vehicles' front ends.
- Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
- Repair damaged automobile bodies.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Acoustic sensors — Mechanics' stethoscopes
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air compressors
- Anvils — Dolly blocks
- Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Exhaust analyzers; Portable exhaust analyzers; Smoke machines
- Automotive honing machine — Brake rotor hones; Engine cylinder hones
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
- Battery acid hydrometers — Battery hydrometers
- Battery chargers
- Battery testers — Battery load testers; Battery/alternator testers
- Bench vises — Vises
- Blow torch — Cutting torches
- Bolt cutters
- Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes
- Box end wrenches — Ratcheting box wrenches
- Brake repair kits — Brake shoe tools; Brake tools; Shoe retaining spring tools
- C clamps — Locking C-clamps
- Capacitance meters — Capacity testers
- Catalytic combustion analyzers
- Circuit tester — Circuit testers; Continuity testers; Test lights
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cleaning scrapers — Gasket scrapers
- Cold chisels
- Combination pliers
- Combination wrenches
- Compressed air gun — Impact guns
- Compression testers — Cylinder leakage testers
- Cutting die — Metal cutting dies
- Deburring tool — Deburring tools
- Desktop computers
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges; Dial indicators
- Digital testers — Computerized engine analyzers; Handheld computer diagnostic equipment
- Drill bit set — Drill bit sets
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
- Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs
- Engine ignition systems — Dwell meters
- Engine or vehicle stands — Jack stands
- Feeler gauges — Spark plug gapping tools
- Flat hand file — Flat files
- Gas detectors — Combustible gas detectors
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welding equipment; Oxyacetylene welding equipment
- Grease guns
- Growler tester — Coil testers
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — 3 pound sledge hammers; Brass hammers; Plastic tip hammers; Soft face hammers (see all 5 examples)
- Hand clamps
- Hand reamer — Reamers
- Heat guns
- Heat tracing equipment — Infrared thermometers
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
- Impact wrenches
- Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
- Integrated circuit testers — Light emitting diode LED circuit testers; Mini circuit testers
- Laser printers
- Leak testing equipment — Leak detecting diagnostic smoke machines
- Levels — Laser levels
- Linemans pliers — Insulated pliers
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Locking jaw pliers
- Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools
- Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Motor starter controls — Remote starter switches
- Multi gas monitors — 5-gas emissions analyzers; Refrigerant gas analyzers
- Multimeters — 2-channel lab scopes; Clamp-on multimeters
- Needlenose pliers
- Nut drivers
- Oil gun — Oil injectors
- Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches
- Organic light emitting displays — Anti-lock braking system ABS/air bag scan tools; Auto scanners; Graphing scanners; Modular diagnostic information systems (see all 6 examples)
- Paint sprayers — High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns
- Personal computers
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Pipe bending tools — Brake line flaring tools
- Pipe or tube cutter — Tubing cutters
- Pipe wrenches
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters
- Pneumatic drill — Air drills
- Pneumatic impact wrenches — Pneumatic wrenches
- Pneumatic sanding machines — Air sanders; Sandblasters
- Pneumatic vacuum equipment — Pressure brake bleeders
- Portable data input terminals — Computerized scanners
- Power buffers — Buffers
- Power drills — Electric drills
- Power grinders — Grinding equipment
- Power saws — Circular saws
- Pressure indicators — Fuel pressure testers; Manifold gauge sets; Oil pressure gauges
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Power washers; Steam cleaning equipment
- Protective gloves
- Pry bars
- Pullers — Ball joint separators; Bearing pullers; Gear puller tools; Slide hammers
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punches; Pin punches; Punches; Taper punches
- Rasps — Stickleback rasps
- Razor knives
- Refrigerant compressors — Air conditioner chargers
- Remote reading thermometers — Non-contact thermometers
- Retaining ring pliers — External snap ring pliers; Internal retaining ring pliers
- Rivet tools — Riveting tools
- Safety glasses
- Safety shoes
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight blade screwdrivers
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Sockets — Socket wrenches
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Specialty wrenches — Alignment wrenches; Breaker bars; Chain wrenches; Locking wrenches (see all 8 examples)
- Speed sensors — Timing lights
- Steering wheel puller — Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
- Strap wrenches
- Stripping tools — Wire strippers
- Tape measures
- Taps — Metal cutting taps
- Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges
- Tongue and groove pliers
- Torque wrenches
- Torx keys — Torx screwdrivers
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Bench lathes
- Trim or molding tools — Carbon scrapers; Scrapers; Spoons
- Tube bending machine — Tubing benders
- Two way radios
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic diagnostic kits
- Vacuum gauges
- Vacuum pumps — Antifreeze recovery equipment; Freon recovery equipment
- Valve seat cutter — Valve seating equipment
- Voltage or current meters — Alternating current/direct current AC/DC inductive current clamps; Ignition module testers; Voltmeters
- Welding masks
- Welding or soldering kit — Spot welding kits
- Wheel alignment equipment — Front end alignment equipment
- Wheel balancing equipment — Wheel balancers
- Wheel nut or lug wrench — Lug wrenches
- Wire brushes
- Wire cutters
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters
- Workshop cranes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — Mitchell Manager Invoicing System
- Analytical or scientific software — Blue Streak Electronics Buell Diagnostic; Diacom software; Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm; SPX/OTC Genisys ConnecTech PC (see all 5 examples)
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
- Data base user interface and query software — AutoZone ALLDATA; Recordkeeping software; Vehicle management software
- Facilities management software — Alliance Automotive Shop Controller; Snap-On ShoKey
- Information retrieval or search software — Online service manual database software; Technical manual database software
- Internet browser software
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Project management software — Estimating software
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- 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.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- 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.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- 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.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- 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).
- 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.
- Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- 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.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
- 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.
- Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- 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.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- 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.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- 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.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- 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.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- 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.
Detailed Work Activities
- Operate transportation equipment to demonstrate function or malfunction.
- Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition.
- Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Adjust vehicle components according to specifications.
- Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
- Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Service heating, ventilation or air-conditioning (HVAC) systems or components.
- Service vehicles to maintain functionality.
- Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
- Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies.
- Plan work procedures.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Rewire electrical or electronic systems.
- Clean work areas.
- Install audio or communications equipment.
- Install vehicle parts or accessories.
- Align equipment or machinery.
- Rebuild parts or components.
- Exposed to Contaminants — 98% responded “Every day.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 88% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 74% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 68% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 83% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 69% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 76% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 65% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 71% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 64% responded “Very important results.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 64% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 58% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 47% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 61% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 43% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 61% responded “Every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 50% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 37% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 34% responded “More than half the time.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 44% responded “Every day.”
- Level of Competition — 36% responded “Highly competitive.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 30% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 47% responded “Every day.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 37% responded “Every day.”
- Deal With External Customers — 36% responded “Extremely important.”
- Telephone — 28% responded “Every day.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 50% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 42% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 36% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Physical Proximity — 46% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 27% responded “High responsibility.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 28% responded “Extremely important.”
|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, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|16||Some college, no degree|
|8||High school diploma or equivalent|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
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.
- 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.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- 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.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- 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.
- 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.
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 (2015)||$18.20 hourly, $37,850 annual|
|Employment (2014)||740,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Average (5% to 8%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||237,200|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Automotive service technicians and mechanics . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) , 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201. Phone: (703) 247-4212. Fax: (703) 247-4533.
- Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) , 50 W. Big Beaver, Suite 145, Troy, MI 48084. Phone: (248) 526-1750. Fax: (248) 526-1751.
- National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) , Public Relations Dept., 8400 Westpark Dr., McLean, VA 22102-3591. Phone: (703) 821-7000.
- National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) , 101 Blue Seal Dr. SE, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175. Phone: (703) 669-6650. Fax: (703) 669-6125.
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) , 101 Blue Seal Dr. SE, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175. Phone: (703) 669-6600.
- SkillsUSA , P.O. Box 3000, Leesburg, VA 20177-0300. Phone: (703) 777-8810. Fax: (703) 777-8999.