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Automotive Specialty Technicians

Also called: Automotive Technician (Auto Technician), Technician, Mechanic, Air Conditioning Technician (A/C Technician)

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Special Vehicle Maintenance Journeyman, Fire Fighting Vehicles; Vehicle And Vehicular Equipment Maintenance Apprentice; Vehicle And Vehicular Equipment Maintenance Helper; Vehicle And Vehicular Equipment Maintenance Journeyman

What they do:
Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine vehicles, compile estimates of repair costs, and secure customers' approval to perform repairs.
  • Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.
  • Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Hearing and Speech
  • tell the difference between sounds


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
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
  • Mitchell OnDemand5 Manager
Data base reporting software
  • Genisys Fast Fixes
  • Pathfinder software
Project management software
  • Estimating software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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