Automotive Master Mechanics

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

Median Annual Wage: $37,120

Education: Post-secondary certificate (72%); Some college, no degree (16%); High school diploma or equivalent (8%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Automotive Technician; Mechanic; Automotive Service Technician; Auto Technician; Shop Foreman; Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician); Master Technician; Automobile Technician; Master Automotive Technician; Truck Technician

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More Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Careers

  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • 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.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
  • Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
  • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
  • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
  • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
  • Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Maintain cleanliness of work area.
  • Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
  • Repair or replace shock absorbers.
  • Replace and adjust headlights.
  • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
  • Repair radiator leaks.

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Automotive Master Mechanics.

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