Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics

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



What they do:
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.
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.
  • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.

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
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
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
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say

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
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Independence
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Database software
Video creation and editing software
  • YouTube
Facilities management software
  • Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
  • Snap-On ShopKey

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$42,090
$24,400
$68,880

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What they do:
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

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.
  • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.

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
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

ABILITIES

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
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
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say

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
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Independence
  • Initiative

TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Database software
Video creation and editing software
  • YouTube
Facilities management software
  • Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
  • Snap-On ShopKey

EDUCATION

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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usually needed

JOB OUTLOOK

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$42,090
$24,400
$68,880

EXPLORE MORE