Automotive Master Mechanics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Little or no change

74000+
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:
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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

Workshop cranes

Wire strippers

Wire cutters

Wire brushes

Winches

Wheel balancers

Welding masks

All Tools

Voltmeters

Vises

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

Tachometers

Strap wrenches

Straight blade screwdrivers

Stickleback rasps

Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers

Steam cleaning equipment

Spot welding kits

Spoons

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

Shears

Screwdrivers

Scrapers

Sandblasters

Safety shoes

Safety glasses

Riveting tools

Remote starter switches

Refrigerant gas analyzers

Reamers

Razor knives

Ratchets

Ratcheting box wrenches

Punches

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

Picks

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Paint sprayers

Oxyacetylene welding equipment

Oscilloscopes

Open end wrenches

Oil pressure gauges

Oil injectors

Oil filter wrenches

Ohmmeters

Offset brake wrenches

Nut drivers

Non-contact thermometers

Nibblers

Needlenose pliers

Modular diagnostic information systems

Mini circuit testers

Micrometers

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

Jacks

Jack stands

Internal retaining ring pliers

Insulated pliers

Inspection mirrors

Infrared thermometers

Impact wrenches

Impact guns

Ignition module testers

Hydraulic presses

Hoists

High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns

Hex keys

Heat guns

Handheld computer diagnostic equipment

Hand clamps

Hammers

Hacksaws

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

Forklifts

Flat files

Flare nut wrenches

Feeler gauges

External snap ring pliers

Exhaust analyzers

Engine cylinder hones

Electric drills

Dynamometers

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

Calipers

Cable cutters

Buffers

Breaker bars

Brass hammers

Brake tools

Brake shoe tools

Brake rotor hones

Brake line flaring tools

Box end wrenches

Borescopes

Bolt cutters

Bench lathes

Bearing pullers

Battery/alternator testers

Battery load testers

Battery hydrometers

Battery chargers

Bandsaws

Ball peen hammers

Ball joint separators

Awls

Automotive on-board diagnostics scanners

Auto scanners

Anvils

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

Technologies

Alliance Automotive Shop Controller

AutoZone ALLDATA

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

Skills

Repairing

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.

Troubleshooting

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.

Speaking

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

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.

Abilities

Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination › Physical Abilities › Extent Flexibility

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Mechanical

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.

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