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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

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

    • 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.

    • Computers and Electronics

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

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 40600/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 27,470
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,540

    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
    • Persistence
    • Independence
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Voltage or current meters
    • Specialty wrenches
    • Pullers
    • Organic light emitting displays
    • Hammers

    Technology

    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Facilities management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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