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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Also Known as: Vehicle Technician, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

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Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.

Top Skills for this Job

  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Equipment Selection
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension

Top Tasks for this Job

  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
  • 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.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • 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.
  • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
  • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
  • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
  • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
  • Repair radiator leaks.
  • Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
  • Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Repair or replace shock absorbers.
  • Replace and adjust headlights.
  • Maintain cleanliness of work area.

Top Education for this Job

  • Mechanical
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language

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