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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Monitoring

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

    • Troubleshooting

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

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Systems Analysis

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

    • Coordination

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

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Active Listening

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

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Learning Strategies

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

    • Complex Problem Solving

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

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

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

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Operations Analysis

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

    • Equipment Selection

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

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Systems Evaluation

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

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Response Orientation

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

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Inductive Reasoning

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

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Gross Body Coordination

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

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Control Precision

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

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

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

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Perceptual Speed

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

    • Dynamic Flexibility

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

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Auditory Attention

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

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Depth Perception

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

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Multilimb Coordination

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

    • Glare Sensitivity

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

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Reaction Time

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

    • Extent Flexibility

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

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Rate Control

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

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Visualization

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

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • Telecommunications

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

    • Mathematics

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

    • 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.

    • Economics and Accounting

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Transportation

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Production and Processing

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

    • 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.

    • Law and Government

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

    • Biology

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

    • Fine Arts

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

    • 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.

    • Food Production

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

    • 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.

    • Mechanical

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

    • Design

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

    • English Language

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

    • 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.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 40390/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 26,540
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2540

    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

    • 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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