Automotive Specialty Technicians

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 only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.

Common job titles of Automotive Specialty Technicians 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.

  • 48.69% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 28.79% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Inspect propane or natural gas high-pressure tanks, piping, or pressure regulators.

    Retrofit vehicle fuel systems with aftermarket products, such as vapor transfer devices, evaporation control devices, swirlers, lean burn devices, or friction reduction devices, to enhance combustion and fuel efficiency.

    Convert vehicle fuel systems from gasoline to butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.

    Conduct visual inspections of compressed natural gas fuel systems to identify cracks, gouges, abrasions, discoloration, broken fibers, loose brackets, damaged gaskets, or other problems.

    Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.

    Estimate costs of vehicle repair.

    Align wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.

    Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.

    Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.

    Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.

    Repair or replace defective ball joint suspensions, brake shoes, or wheel bearings.

    Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.

    Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.

    Service internal combustion engine systems for hybrid electric vehicles.

    Replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric-powered systems, such as power steering pumps or air conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.

    Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.

    Rebuild, repair, or test automotive fuel injection units.

    Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.

    Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.

    Service or repair butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.

    Replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.

    Diagnose and replace or repair engine management systems or related sensors for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) with ignition timing, fuel rate, alcohol concentration, or air-to-fuel ratio malfunctions.

    Diagnose and repair regenerative braking systems or hydraulic systems in hybrid vehicles.

    Repair or rebuild clutch systems.

    Service biodiesel fuel tanks for algae or sludge accumulation by cleaning, changing filters, or adding algaecides.

    Repair or replace automobile leaf springs.


Workshop presses

Workshop cranes

Wire strippers

Wire cutters

Wire brushes


Wheel weight hammers

All Tools

Wheel balancers

Wheel alignment machines

Welding masks



Valve seating equipment

Vacuum pumps

Vacuum gauges

Utility knives

Tubing benders

Tube cutters

Transmission jacks

Torx keys

Torque wrenches

Tire pressure gauges

Tire changing machines

Test lights

Tape measures


Strobe wheel balancing systems for heavy vehicles

Strap wrenches

Straight blade screwdrivers

Stickleback rasps

Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers

Steam cleaning equipment

Spot welding kits

Spark plug testers

Spark plug sockets

Spark plug gapping tools

Soldering irons

Socket wrench sets

Slide hammers

Single-cut mill saw files

Shoe retaining spring tools

Shielded arc welding tools



Screw extractor sets


Scan tools


Safety glasses

Rotor/drum brake lathes

Rivet guns

Revolutions per minute RPM gauges

Refrigerant leak detectors

Refrigerant identifiers

Reciprocating saws



Ratcheting gear wrenches

Ratcheting box wrenches

Radiator hose pinchoff pliers


Pry bars

Pressure brake bleeders

Power sanders

Power pullers

Power grinders


Pneumatic wrenches

Pneumatic orbital sanders

Pneumatic fluid evacuators

Pneumatic drills

Pneumatic chassis lubriguns

Plasma cutters

Pipe wrenches

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Paint sprayers

Oxygen sensors


Open end wrenches

Oil injectors

Oil filter wrenches


Offset brake wrenches

Nut drivers

Non-contact thermometers


Needlenose pliers


Metal inert gas MIG welders

Metal cutting taps

Metal cutting dies

Mechanics’ stethoscopes

Manifold gauge sets

Magnetic pickup tools

Lug wrenches

Light emitting diode LED leak detector lights

Leak detectors

Leak detection smoke machines

Laser printers

Laser photo tachometers

Laser levels


Jack stands

Internal retaining ring pliers

Inspection mirrors

Infrared digital thermometers

In-line ignition spark testers

Impact wrenches

Ignition testers

Hydraulic shop presses

Hydraulic bleed tools

Hose cutters


Heat guns

Hand pullers



Grease guns

Gear pullers

Fuel injection cleaners

Frame racks

Flaring tools

Filter wrenches

Feeler gauges

External snap ring pliers

Exhaust/tail pipe cutters

Exhaust analyzers

Engine stands

Engine oil pressure testers


Dwell meters

Drill presses

Disc brake pad spreaders

Diesel modulator shift testers

Dial indicators

Dial calipers

Diagonal cutting pliers

Desktop computers

Dent pullers

Deburring tools

Crescent wrenches

Continuity testers

Computerized suspension analyzers

Compression analyzers

Combustion leak detectors

Combination wrenches

Code readers

Clutch wrenches

Clutch holding tools

Clamp-on multimeters

Circuit testers

Channel lock pliers

Chain hoists

Catalytic combustion analyzers


Butterfly air wrenches


Breaker bars

Brake shoe tools

Brake drum lathes

Brake cylinder hones

Brake bleeders


Bore gauges

Bolt cutters

Battery jump starters

Battery hydrometers

Ball joint separators


Auto body dollies


Antenna socket sets

Angle drills


Alternator testers

Allen wrenches

Air wrenches

Air hammers

Air conditioner chargers

Air compressors

Air chisels


Alliance Automotive Shop Controller

Amcom AUTOS2000

Estimating software

Genisys Fast Fixes

Hunter WinAlign

Internet browser software

Mitchell OnDemand5 Manager

All Technologies

Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm

Online service manual database software

Scott Systems MaxxTraxx Pro

Snap-On ShopKey

Technical manual database software

Work order management software



Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring

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

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


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.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision

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

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

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