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Automotive Specialty Technicians

Also called: Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Technician (Auto Technician), Lube Technician, Service Technician

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What they do:
Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
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
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
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
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
  • Mitchell OnDemand5 Manager
Analytical or scientific software
  • Hunter WinAlign
  • Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Work order management software


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

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