Automotive Master Mechanics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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.


Workshop cranes

Wire strippers

Wire cutters

Wire brushes


Wheel balancers

Welding masks

All Tools



Valve seating equipment

Vacuum gauges

Ultrasonic diagnostic kits

Two way radios

Tubing cutters

Tubing benders

Torx screwdrivers

Torx keys

Torque wrenches

Tongue and groove pliers

Tire pressure gauges

Timing lights

Test lights

Taper punches

Tape measures


Strap wrenches

Straight blade screwdrivers

Stickleback rasps

Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers

Steam cleaning equipment

Spot welding kits


Spark plug gapping tools

Soldering irons

Soft face hammers

Socket wrenches

Socket wrench sets

Smoke machines

Slide hammers

Single-cut mill saw files

Shoe retaining spring tools

Shielded arc welding tools





Safety shoes

Safety glasses

Riveting tools

Remote starter switches

Refrigerant gas analyzers


Razor knives


Ratcheting box wrenches


Pry bars

Protective gloves

Protective ear muffs

Pressure brake bleeders

Power washers

Power saws

Power grinders

Power drills

Portable exhaust analyzers

Pneumatic wrenches

Plastic tip hammers

Plasma cutters

Pipe wrenches

Pin punches


Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Paint sprayers

Oxyacetylene welding equipment


Open end wrenches

Oil pressure gauges

Oil injectors

Oil filter wrenches


Offset brake wrenches

Nut drivers

Non-contact thermometers


Needlenose pliers

Modular diagnostic information systems

Mini circuit testers


Metal inert gas MIG welders

Metal cutting taps

Metal cutting dies

Mechanics’ stethoscopes

Manifold gauge sets

Magnetic pickup tools

Lug wrenches

Long nose pliers

Locking wrenches

Locking jaw pliers

Locking C-clamps

Light emitting diode LED circuit testers

Leak detecting diagnostic smoke machines

Laser printers

Laser levels


Jack stands

Internal retaining ring pliers

Insulated pliers

Inspection mirrors

Infrared thermometers

Impact wrenches

Impact guns

Ignition module testers

Hydraulic presses


High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns

Hex keys

Heat guns

Handheld computer diagnostic equipment

Hand clamps



Grinding equipment

Grease guns

Graphing scanners

Gear wrenches

Gear puller tools

Gasket scrapers

Gas welding equipment

Fuel pressure testers

Front end alignment equipment

Freon recovery equipment


Flat files

Flare nut wrenches

Feeler gauges

External snap ring pliers

Exhaust analyzers

Engine cylinder hones

Electric drills


Dwell meters

Drill presses

Drill bit sets

Dolly blocks

Dial indicators

Dial gauges

Diagonal cutting pliers

Diagnostic code readers

Desktop computers

Deburring tools

Cylinder leakage testers

Cutting torches

Crescent wrenches

Continuity testers

Computerized scanners

Computerized engine analyzers

Compression testers

Combustible gas detectors

Combination wrenches

Combination pliers

Cold chisels

Coil testers

Claw hammers

Clamp-on multimeters

Circular saws

Circuit testers

Channel lock pliers

Chain wrenches

Center punches

Catalytic combustion analyzers

Carbon scrapers

Capacity testers


Cable cutters


Breaker bars

Brass hammers

Brake tools

Brake shoe tools

Brake rotor hones

Brake line flaring tools

Box end wrenches


Bolt cutters

Bench lathes

Bearing pullers

Battery/alternator testers

Battery load testers

Battery hydrometers

Battery chargers


Ball peen hammers

Ball joint separators


Automotive on-board diagnostics scanners

Auto scanners


Antifreeze recovery equipment

Anti-lock braking system ABS/air bag scan tools

Alternating current/direct current AC/DC inductive current clamps

Allen wrenches

Alignment wrenches

Air sanders

Air drills

Air conditioner chargers

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

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

Estimating software

Internet browser software

Mainsaver Asset Management

All Technologies

Mitchell Manager Invoicing System

Online service manual database software

Recordkeeping software

Snap-On ShopKey

SPX/OTC Genisys ConnecTech PC

Technical manual database software

Vehicle management software



Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Equipment Maintenance

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.

Critical Thinking

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.

Equipment Selection

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.

Active Listening

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

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.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management

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

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