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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Align wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.
    • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
    • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
    • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
    • Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.
    • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
    • Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
    • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
    • Diagnose and replace or repair engine management systems or related sensors for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) with ignition timing, fuel rate, alcohol concentration, or air-to-fuel ratio malfunctions.
    • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
    • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
    • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
    • Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
    • Estimate costs of vehicle repair.
    • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
    • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
    • Maintain cleanliness of work area.
    • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
    • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
    • Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
    • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
    • Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
    • Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
    • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
    • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
    • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
    • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
    • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
    • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
    • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
    • 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.
    • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
    • Align vehicles' front ends.
    • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
    • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
    • Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
    • Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
    • Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
    • Conduct visual inspections of compressed natural gas fuel systems to identify cracks, gouges, abrasions, discoloration, broken fibers, loose brackets, damaged gaskets, or other problems.
    • Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.
    • Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
    • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
    • Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.

    Skills

    • Troubleshooting

      Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Systems Evaluation

      Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Critical Thinking

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

    • Monitoring

      Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

    • Operations Analysis

      Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

    • Active Listening

      Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Learning Strategies

      Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

    • Coordination

      Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Equipment Selection

      Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Systems Analysis

      Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

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    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Extent Flexibility

      Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

      Making fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Control Precision

      Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Auditory Attention

      Paying attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Reaction Time

      Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    • Response Orientation

      Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

    • Depth Perception

      Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Dynamic Flexibility

      Quickly and repeatedly bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Visualization

      Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    • Perceptual Speed

      Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Glare Sensitivity

      Seeing something even if there is a glare or very bright light.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Rate Control

      Changing when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

    Knowledge

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • 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.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • 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.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 44430/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.36/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 28,120
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2730

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Independence
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Acoustic ear muffs or defenders
    • Acoustic sensors
    • Adjustable widemouth pliers
    • Adjustable wrenches
    • Air compressors
    • Ammeters
    • Anvils
    • Automotive cleaners
    • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers
    • Automotive honing machine
    • Awls
    • Ball peen hammer
    • Bar code reader equipment
    • Battery acid hydrometers
    • Battery chargers
    • Battery testers
    • Bench vises
    • Blow torch
    • Bolt cutters
    • Borescope inspection equipment
    • Box end wrenches
    • Brake drum lathe
    • Brake repair kits
    • C clamps
    • Calipers
    • Capacitance meters
    • Catalytic combustion analyzers
    • Circuit tester
    • Claw hammer
    • Cleaning scrapers
    • Cold chisels
    • Combination pliers
    • Combination wrenches
    • Compressed air gun
    • Compression testers
    • Cutting die
    • Deburring tool
    • Desktop computers
    • Diagonal cut pliers
    • Dial indicator or dial gauge
    • Digital testers
    • Dollies
    • Drill bit set
    • Drill press or radial drill
    • Dynamometers
    • Engine ignition systems
    • Engine or vehicle stands
    • Feeler gauges
    • Flat hand file
    • Forklifts
    • Gas detectors
    • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
    • Grease guns
    • Growler tester
    • Hacksaw
    • Hammers
    • Hand clamps
    • Hand reamer
    • Heat guns
    • Heat tracing equipment
    • Hex keys
    • Hoists
    • Hole gauge
    • Hose cutter
    • Hydraulic press brake
    • Hydraulic press frames
    • Impact wrenches
    • Inspection mirror
    • Integrated circuit testers
    • Jacks
    • Laser printers
    • Leak testing equipment
    • Levels
    • Linemans pliers
    • Liquid leak detectors
    • Locking pliers
    • Longnose pliers
    • Magnetic tools
    • Metal band sawing machine
    • Metal inert gas welding machine
    • Micrometers
    • Mill saw file
    • Motor starter controls
    • Multi gas monitors
    • Multimeters
    • Needlenose pliers
    • Nibblers
    • Nut drivers
    • Ohmmeters
    • Oil gun
    • Open end wrenches
    • Organic light emitting displays
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Oxygen sensors
    • Paint sprayers
    • Personal computers
    • Picks
    • Pipe bending tools
    • Pipe or tube cutter
    • Pipe wrenches
    • Plasma arc welding machine
    • Pneumatic drill
    • Pneumatic hammer
    • Pneumatic impact wrenches
    • Pneumatic sanding machines
    • Pneumatic vacuum equipment
    • Portable data input terminals
    • Power buffers
    • Power drills
    • Power flaring tool
    • Power grinders
    • Power riveter
    • Power sanders
    • Power saws
    • Pressure indicators
    • Pressure or steam cleaners
    • Protective gloves
    • Pry bars
    • Pullers
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Rasps
    • Ratchets
    • Razor knives
    • Refrigerant compressors
    • Remote reading thermometers
    • Retaining ring pliers
    • Rivet tools
    • Safety glasses
    • Safety shoes
    • Screw extractors
    • Screwdrivers
    • Scribers
    • Shears
    • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine
    • Socket sets
    • Sockets
    • Soldering iron
    • Spark plug tester
    • Spark plug wrench
    • Specialty wrenches
    • Speed sensors
    • Steering wheel puller
    • Strap wrenches
    • Stripping tools
    • Tachometers
    • Tape measures
    • Taps
    • Tire changing machines
    • Tire pressure gauge
    • Tongue and groove pliers
    • Torque wrenches
    • Torx keys
    • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
    • Trim or molding tools
    • Tube bending machine
    • Two way radios
    • Ultrasonic examination equipment
    • Utility knives
    • Vacuum gauges
    • Vacuum pumps
    • Valve seat cutter
    • Voltage or current meters
    • Welding masks
    • Welding or soldering kit
    • Wheel alignment equipment
    • Wheel balancing equipment
    • Wheel nut or lug wrench
    • Winches
    • Wire brushes
    • Wire cutters
    • Wire or cable cutter
    • Workshop cranes

    Technology

    • Accounting software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Data base reporting software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Facilities management software
    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Internet browser software
    • Office suite software
    • Operating system software
    • Project management software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Word processing software

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