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Automotive Master Mechanics

Also called: Automotive Service Technician, Master Automotive Technician, Master Technician, Mechanic

What they do:
Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
On the job, you would:
  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Technical
  • repairing machines or systems using the right tools
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hearing and Speech
  • tell the difference between sounds

Personality

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
  • Persistence
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
  • Snap-On ShopKey
Analytical or scientific software
  • Blue Streak Electronics Buell Diagnostic
  • CODA Engine Analysis System
Data base user interface and query software
  • AutoZone ALLDATA
  • Recordkeeping software

Education

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

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$39,550
$22,610
$65,430

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