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Automotive Master Mechanics
SOC Code: 49-3023.01

Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.

Sample of reported job titles: ASE Master Mechanic (Automotive Service Excellence Master Mechanic), Auto Technician, Automotive Drivability Technician, Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Service Technician, Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician), Master Automotive Technician, Master Technician, Mechanic, Transmission Rebuilder

Tasks

  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Align vehicles' front ends.
  • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
  • Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
  • 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.
  • Maintain cleanliness of work area.
  • Repair radiator leaks.
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
  • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
  • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
  • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
  • Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Repair or replace shock absorbers.
  • Replace and adjust headlights.
  • Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
  • Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Mitchell Manager Invoicing System
  • Analytical or scientific software - Blue Streak Electronics Buell Diagnostic; CODA Engine Analysis System; SPX/OTC Genisys ConnecTech PC
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Data base user interface and query software - AutoZone ALLDATA; Recordkeeping software; Vehicle management software
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Facilities management software - Alliance Automotive Shop Controller; Mainsaver Asset Management; Snap-On ShopKey
  • Information retrieval or search software - Online service manual database software; Technical manual database software
  • Internet browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Project management software - Estimating software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Acoustic sensors - Mechanics' stethoscopes
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Anvils - Dolly blocks
  • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers - Exhaust analyzers; Portable exhaust analyzers; Smoke machines
  • Automotive honing machine - Brake rotor hones; Engine cylinder hones
  • Awls
  • Ball peen hammer - Ball peen hammers
  • Battery acid hydrometers - Battery hydrometers
  • Battery chargers
  • Battery testers - Battery load testers; Battery/alternator testers
  • Bench vises - Vises
  • Blow torch - Cutting torches
  • Bolt cutters
  • Borescope inspection equipment - Borescopes
  • Box end wrenches - Ratcheting box wrenches
  • Brake repair kits - Brake shoe tools; Brake tools; Shoe retaining spring tools
  • C clamps - Locking C-clamps
  • Calipers
  • Capacitance meters - Capacity testers
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers
  • Circuit tester - Circuit testers; Continuity testers; Test lights
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Cleaning scrapers - Gasket scrapers
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination pliers
  • Combination wrenches
  • Compressed air gun - Impact guns
  • Compression testers - Cylinder leakage testers
  • Cutting die - Metal cutting dies
  • Deburring tool - Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cut pliers - Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge - Dial gauges; Dial indicators
  • Digital testers - Computerized engine analyzers; Handheld computer diagnostic equipment
  • Drill bit set - Drill bit sets
  • Drill press or radial drill - Drill presses
  • Dynamometers
  • Ear muffs - Protective ear muffs
  • Engine ignition systems - Dwell meters
  • Engine or vehicle stands - Jack stands
  • Feeler gauges - Spark plug gapping tools
  • Flat hand file - Flat files
  • Forklifts
  • Gas detectors - Combustible gas detectors
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus - Gas welding equipment; Oxyacetylene welding equipment
  • Grease guns
  • Growler tester - Coil testers
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Hammers - 3 pound sledge hammers; Brass hammers; Plastic tip hammers; Soft face hammers (see all 5 examples)
  • Hand clamps
  • Hand reamer - Reamers
  • Heat guns
  • Heat tracing equipment - Infrared thermometers
  • Hex keys - Allen wrenches
  • Hoists
  • Hydraulic press frames - Hydraulic presses
  • Impact wrenches
  • Inspection mirror - Inspection mirrors
  • Integrated circuit testers - Light emitting diode LED circuit testers; Mini circuit testers
  • Jacks
  • Laser printers
  • Leak testing equipment - Leak detecting diagnostic smoke machines
  • Levels - Laser levels
  • Linemans pliers - Insulated pliers
  • Locking pliers - Channel lock pliers; Locking jaw pliers
  • Longnose pliers - Long nose pliers
  • Magnetic tools - Magnetic pickup tools
  • Metal band sawing machine - Bandsaws
  • Metal inert gas welding machine - Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Micrometers
  • Mill saw file - Single-cut mill saw files
  • Motor starter controls - Remote starter switches
  • Multi gas monitors - 5-gas emissions analyzers; Refrigerant gas analyzers
  • Multimeters - 2-channel lab scopes; Clamp-on multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nibblers
  • Nut drivers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oil gun - Oil injectors
  • Open end wrenches - Crescent wrenches
  • Organic light emitting displays - Anti-lock braking system ABS/air bag scan tools; Auto scanners; Graphing scanners; Modular diagnostic information systems (see all 6 examples)
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Paint sprayers - High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Picks
  • Pipe bending tools - Brake line flaring tools
  • Pipe or tube cutter - Tubing cutters
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Plasma arc welding machine - Plasma cutters
  • Pneumatic drill - Air drills
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches - Pneumatic wrenches
  • Pneumatic sanding machines - Air sanders; Sandblasters
  • Pneumatic vacuum equipment - Pressure brake bleeders
  • Portable data input terminals - Computerized scanners
  • Power buffers - Buffers
  • Power drills - Electric drills
  • Power grinders - Grinding equipment
  • Power saws - Circular saws
  • Pressure indicators - Fuel pressure testers; Manifold gauge sets; Oil pressure gauges
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - Power washers; Steam cleaning equipment
  • Protective gloves
  • Pry bars
  • Pullers - Ball joint separators; Bearing pullers; Gear puller tools; Slide hammers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Center punches; Pin punches; Punches; Taper punches
  • Rasps - Stickleback rasps
  • Ratchets
  • Razor knives
  • Refrigerant compressors - Air conditioner chargers
  • Remote reading thermometers - Non-contact thermometers
  • Retaining ring pliers - External snap ring pliers; Internal retaining ring pliers
  • Rivet tools - Riveting tools
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety shoes
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight blade screwdrivers
  • Shears
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine - Shielded arc welding tools
  • Socket sets - Socket wrench sets
  • Sockets - Socket wrenches
  • Soldering iron - Soldering irons
  • Specialty wrenches - Alignment wrenches; Breaker bars; Chain wrenches; Locking wrenches (see all 8 examples)
  • Speed sensors - Timing lights
  • Steering wheel puller - Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
  • Strap wrenches
  • Stripping tools - Wire strippers
  • Tachometers
  • Tape measures
  • Taps - Metal cutting taps
  • Tire pressure gauge - Tire pressure gauges
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Torx keys - Torx screwdrivers
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe - Bench lathes
  • Trim or molding tools - Carbon scrapers; Scrapers; Spoons
  • Tube bending machine - Tubing benders
  • Two way radios
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment - Ultrasonic diagnostic kits
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Vacuum pumps - Antifreeze recovery equipment; Freon recovery equipment
  • Valve seat cutter - Valve seating equipment
  • Voltage or current meters - Alternating current/direct current AC/DC inductive current clamps; Ignition module testers; Voltmeters
  • Welding masks
  • Welding or soldering kit - Spot welding kits
  • Wheel alignment equipment - Front end alignment equipment
  • Wheel balancing equipment - Wheel balancers
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench - Lug wrenches
  • Winches
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire or cable cutter - Cable cutters
  • Workshop cranes

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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

Interests

  • Interest code: RI
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants - 99% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 95% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 77% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 75% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 58% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 54% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 48% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 58% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 46% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 40% responded “Very important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 41% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 50% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Telephone - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 30% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 29% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Consequence of Error - 37% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 35% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 28% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition - 37% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 29% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 35% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Electronic Mail - 28% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 51% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 29% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 43% responded “Important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 44% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 44% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 38% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
52%Post-secondary certificate
41%High school diploma or equivalent
5%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $19.02 hourly, $39,550 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 750,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 75,600

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