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Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.

    Work Activities
    • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
    • Estimate costs of vehicle repair.
    • Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
    • Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.
    • Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
    • Repair or replace defective ball joint suspensions, brake shoes, or wheel bearings.
    • 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.
    • Rebuild, repair, or test automotive fuel injection units.
    • Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.
    • 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.
    • Replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric-powered systems, such as power steering pumps or air conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.
    • Service or repair butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.
    • Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
    • Service internal combustion engine systems for hybrid electric vehicles.
    • Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
    • Diagnose and repair regenerative braking systems or hydraulic systems in hybrid vehicles.
    • Repair or rebuild clutch systems.
    • Repair or replace automobile leaf springs.
    • Service biodiesel fuel tanks for algae or sludge accumulation by cleaning, changing filters, or adding algaecides.
    • Replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.
    Skills
    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

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

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    • 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.

    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.

    • English Language

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $38,530/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $18.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 28,330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,640
    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
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Voltage or current meters
    • Specialty wrenches
    • Pullers
    • Pneumatic vacuum equipment
    • Brake repair kits
    Technology
    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Facilities management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.