Automotive Specialty Technicians

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

Median Annual Wage: $37,120

Education: Post-secondary certificate (49%); High school diploma or equivalent (29%); Less than high school diploma (14%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Service Technician; Automobile Technician; Automotive Technician (Auto Technician); Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic); Drivability Technician; A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician); Heavy Line Technician; Lube Technician; Oil Bay Technician; Quick Service Technician

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Automotive Specialty Technicians.

More Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Careers

  • 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.
  • Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
  • Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
  • Repair or rebuild clutch systems.
  • Repair or replace automobile leaf springs.
  • Replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Automotive Specialty Technicians.

  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • 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.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Automotive Specialty Technicians.

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