Projected Growth: Little or no change
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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.
Wheel weight hammersAll Tools
Wheel alignment machines
Valve seating equipment
Tire pressure gauges
Tire changing machines
Strobe wheel balancing systems for heavy vehicles
Straight blade screwdrivers
Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
Steam cleaning equipment
Spot welding kits
Spark plug testers
Spark plug sockets
Spark plug gapping tools
Socket wrench sets
Single-cut mill saw files
Shoe retaining spring tools
Shielded arc welding tools
Screw extractor sets
Rotor/drum brake lathes
Revolutions per minute RPM gauges
Refrigerant leak detectors
Ratcheting gear wrenches
Ratcheting box wrenches
Radiator hose pinchoff pliers
Pressure brake bleeders
Pneumatic orbital sanders
Pneumatic fluid evacuators
Pneumatic chassis lubriguns
Phillips head screwdrivers
Open end wrenches
Oil filter wrenches
Offset brake wrenches
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Metal cutting taps
Metal cutting dies
Manifold gauge sets
Magnetic pickup tools
Light emitting diode LED leak detector lights
Leak detection smoke machines
Laser photo tachometers
Internal retaining ring pliers
Infrared digital thermometers
In-line ignition spark testers
Hydraulic shop presses
Hydraulic bleed tools
Fuel injection cleaners
External snap ring pliers
Exhaust/tail pipe cutters
Engine oil pressure testers
Disc brake pad spreaders
Diesel modulator shift testers
Diagonal cutting pliers
Computerized suspension analyzers
Combustion leak detectors
Clutch holding tools
Channel lock pliers
Catalytic combustion analyzers
Butterfly air wrenches
Brake shoe tools
Brake drum lathes
Brake cylinder hones
Battery jump starters
Ball joint separators
Auto body dollies
Antenna socket sets
Air conditioner chargers
Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
Genisys Fast Fixes
Internet browser software
Mitchell OnDemand5 ManagerAll Technologies
Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm
Online service manual database software
Scott Systems MaxxTraxx Pro
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
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.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
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.
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
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.