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Automotive Specialty Technicians
SOC Code: 49-3023.02

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

Sample of reported job titles: A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician), Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automobile Technician, Automotive Technician (Auto Technician), Drivability Technician, Heavy Line Technician, Lube Technician, Oil Bay Technician, Quick Service Technician, Service Technician

Tasks

  • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Estimate costs of vehicle repair.
  • Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
  • Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.
  • Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
  • Repair or replace defective ball joint suspensions, brake shoes, or wheel bearings.
  • Align wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.
  • Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.
  • Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
  • Rebuild, repair, or test automotive fuel injection units.
  • Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
  • Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
  • Repair or rebuild clutch systems.
  • Repair or replace automobile leaf springs.
  • Replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.
  • Conduct visual inspections of compressed natural gas fuel systems to identify cracks, gouges, abrasions, discoloration, broken fibers, loose brackets, damaged gaskets, or other problems.
  • 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.
  • Replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric-powered systems, such as power steering pumps or air conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.
  • Service or repair butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.
  • Service internal combustion engine systems for hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Diagnose and repair regenerative braking systems or hydraulic systems in hybrid vehicles.
  • Service biodiesel fuel tanks for algae or sludge accumulation by cleaning, changing filters, or adding algaecides.
  • Convert vehicle fuel systems from gasoline to butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.
  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Hunter WinAlign; Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Scheduling software
  • Data base reporting software - Genisys Fast Fixes
  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software ; Database software; Work order management software
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Facilities management software - Alliance Automotive Shop Controller; Mitchell OnDemand5 Manager; Scott Systems MaxxTraxx Pro; Snap-On ShopKey (see all 5 examples)
  • 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 widemouth pliers - Radiator hose pinchoff pliers
  • Air compressors
  • Ammeters
  • Anvils
  • Automotive cleaners - Fuel injection cleaners
  • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers - Exhaust analyzers
  • Automotive honing machine - Brake cylinder hones
  • Awls
  • Bar code reader equipment - Code readers
  • Battery acid hydrometers - Battery hydrometers
  • Battery chargers - Battery jump starters
  • Bench vises - Vises
  • Bolt cutters
  • Borescope inspection equipment - Borescopes
  • Box end wrenches - Ratcheting box wrenches
  • Brake drum lathe - Brake drum lathes; Rotor/drum brake lathes
  • Brake repair kits - Brake shoe tools; Disc brake pad spreaders; Shoe retaining spring tools
  • Calipers - Dial calipers
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers
  • Circuit tester - Circuit testers; Continuity testers; Test lights
  • Combination wrenches
  • Compressed air gun - Pneumatic chassis lubriguns
  • Compression testers - Compression analyzers
  • Cutting die - Metal cutting dies
  • Deburring tool - Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cut pliers - Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge - Dial indicators
  • Dollies - Auto body dollies
  • Drill press or radial drill - Drill presses; Workshop presses
  • Dynamometers
  • Engine ignition systems - Dwell meters
  • Engine or vehicle stands - Engine stands; Frame racks; Jack stands
  • Feeler gauges - Spark plug gapping tools
  • Grease guns
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Hammers - Wheel weight hammers
  • Hand clamps - Clutch holding tools
  • Hand reamer - Reamers
  • Heat guns
  • Heat tracing equipment - Infrared digital thermometers
  • Hex keys - Allen wrenches
  • Hoists - Chain hoists
  • Hole gauge - Bore gauges
  • Hose cutter - Hose cutters
  • Hydraulic press brake - Hydraulic shop presses
  • Impact wrenches
  • Inspection mirror - Inspection mirrors
  • Jacks - Transmission jacks
  • Laser printers
  • Leak testing equipment - Combustion leak detectors; Leak detection smoke machines; Light emitting diode LED leak detector lights
  • Levels - Laser levels
  • Liquid leak detectors - Leak detectors; Refrigerant leak detectors
  • Locking pliers - Channel lock pliers
  • Magnetic tools - Magnetic pickup tools
  • Metal inert gas welding machine - Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Mill saw file - Single-cut mill saw files
  • Multi gas monitors - Refrigerant identifiers
  • Multimeters - Clamp-on multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nibblers
  • Nut drivers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oil gun - Oil injectors
  • Open end wrenches - Crescent wrenches
  • Organic light emitting displays - Scan tools
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Oxygen sensors
  • Paint sprayers
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe or tube cutter - Exhaust/tail pipe cutters; Tube cutters
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Plasma arc welding machine - Plasma cutters
  • Pneumatic drill - Pneumatic drills
  • Pneumatic hammer - Air chisels; Air hammers
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches - Air wrenches; Butterfly air wrenches; Pneumatic wrenches
  • Pneumatic sanding machines - Pneumatic orbital sanders; Sandblasters
  • Pneumatic vacuum equipment - Brake bleeders; Hydraulic bleed tools; Pneumatic fluid evacuators; Pressure brake bleeders
  • Power buffers - Buffers; Polishers
  • Power drills - Angle drills
  • Power flaring tool - Flaring tools
  • Power grinders
  • Power riveter - Rivet guns
  • Power sanders
  • Power saws - Reciprocating saws
  • Pressure indicators - Diesel modulator shift testers; Engine oil pressure testers; Manifold gauge sets
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - Steam cleaning equipment
  • Pry bars
  • Pullers - Gear pullers; Hand pullers; Power pullers; Slide hammers (see all 6 examples)
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Punches
  • Rasps - Stickleback rasps
  • Ratchets
  • Refrigerant compressors - Air conditioner chargers
  • Remote reading thermometers - Non-contact thermometers
  • Retaining ring pliers - External snap ring pliers; Internal retaining ring pliers
  • Safety glasses
  • Screw extractors - Screw extractor sets
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight blade screwdrivers
  • Scribers
  • Shears
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine - Shielded arc welding tools
  • Socket sets - Antenna socket sets; Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering iron - Soldering irons
  • Spark plug tester - Ignition testers
  • Spark plug wrench - Spark plug sockets
  • Specialty wrenches - Breaker bars; Clutch wrenches; Oil filter wrenches; Ratcheting gear wrenches (see all 6 examples)
  • Speed sensors - Revolutions per minute RPM gauges
  • Steering wheel puller - Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
  • Strap wrenches
  • Stripping tools - Wire strippers
  • Tachometers - Laser photo tachometers
  • Tape measures
  • Taps - Metal cutting taps
  • Tire changing machines
  • Tire pressure gauge - Tire pressure gauges
  • Torque wrenches
  • Torx keys
  • Trim or molding tools - Scrapers
  • Tube bending machine - Tubing benders
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Valve seat cutter - Valve seating equipment
  • Voltage or current meters - Alternator testers; In-line ignition spark testers; Spark plug testers; Voltmeters
  • Welding masks
  • Welding or soldering kit - Spot welding kits
  • Wheel alignment equipment - Computerized suspension analyzers; Wheel alignment machines
  • Wheel balancing equipment - Strobe wheel balancing systems for heavy vehicles; Wheel balancers
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench - Lug wrenches
  • Winches
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Workshop cranes

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • English Language - 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.
  • Mathematics - 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.

Skills

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.

Interests

  • Interest code: RIC
    • 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.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 99% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 82% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 79% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 81% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 73% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 64% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 51% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 50% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 53% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 37% responded “Very important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 41% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 35% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Level of Competition - 45% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 37% responded “Very important.”
  • Consequence of Error - 38% responded “Very serious.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 38% responded “About half the time.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 32% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 44% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 40% responded “Important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 39% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 35% responded “Important.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 41% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 28% responded “Moderate responsibility.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
49%Post-secondary certificate
29%High school diploma or equivalent
14%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and 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.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • 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.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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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