Projected Growth: Little or no change
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
Common job titles of Automotive Master Mechanics include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
52.4% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
41.06% said they needed a High School Diploma.
Maintain cleanliness of work area.
Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, and other potentially troublesome areas.
Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
Replace and adjust headlights.
Align vehicles' front ends.
Repair or replace shock absorbers.
Repair radiator leaks.
Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
Repair damaged automobile bodies.
Welding masksAll Tools
Valve seating equipment
Ultrasonic diagnostic kits
Two way radios
Tongue and groove pliers
Tire pressure gauges
Straight blade screwdrivers
Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
Steam cleaning equipment
Spot welding kits
Spark plug gapping tools
Soft face hammers
Socket wrench sets
Single-cut mill saw files
Shoe retaining spring tools
Shielded arc welding tools
Remote starter switches
Refrigerant gas analyzers
Ratcheting box wrenches
Protective ear muffs
Pressure brake bleeders
Portable exhaust analyzers
Plastic tip hammers
Phillips head screwdrivers
Oxyacetylene welding equipment
Open end wrenches
Oil pressure gauges
Oil filter wrenches
Offset brake wrenches
Modular diagnostic information systems
Mini circuit testers
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Metal cutting taps
Metal cutting dies
Manifold gauge sets
Magnetic pickup tools
Long nose pliers
Locking jaw pliers
Light emitting diode LED circuit testers
Leak detecting diagnostic smoke machines
Internal retaining ring pliers
Ignition module testers
High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns
Handheld computer diagnostic equipment
Gear puller tools
Gas welding equipment
Fuel pressure testers
Front end alignment equipment
Freon recovery equipment
Flare nut wrenches
External snap ring pliers
Engine cylinder hones
Drill bit sets
Diagonal cutting pliers
Diagnostic code readers
Cylinder leakage testers
Computerized engine analyzers
Combustible gas detectors
Channel lock pliers
Catalytic combustion analyzers
Brake shoe tools
Brake rotor hones
Brake line flaring tools
Box end wrenches
Battery load testers
Ball peen hammers
Ball joint separators
Automotive on-board diagnostics scanners
Antifreeze recovery equipment
Anti-lock braking system ABS/air bag scan tools
Alternating current/direct current AC/DC inductive current clamps
Air conditioner chargers
5-gas emissions analyzers
5 pound sledge hammers
3 pound sledge hammers
2-channel lab scopes
Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
Blue Streak Electronics Buell Diagnostic
CODA Engine Analysis System
Internet browser software
Mainsaver Asset ManagementAll Technologies
Mitchell Manager Invoicing System
Online service manual database software
SPX/OTC Genisys ConnecTech PC
Technical manual database software
Vehicle management software
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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.
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.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination › Physical Abilities › Extent Flexibility
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.