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Automotive Service Technician

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1-2 years post-secondary training

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What They Do

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Career Video

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

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Test drives vehicles and tests components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Inspects vehicles for damage and records findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Tests and adjusts repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • Repairs, relines, replaces, and adjusts brakes.
  • Reviews work orders and discusses work with supervisors.
  • Estimates costs of vehicle repair.
  • Troubleshoots fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
  • Confers with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
  • Aligns vehicles' front ends.
  • Tests electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic)
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  • Lube Technician
  • Automotive Drivability Technician (Auto Drivability Tech)
  • Quick Service Technician (Quick Service Tech)
  • Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic)
  • Master Automotive Technician (Master Auto Tech)
  • Mechanic
  • Service Technician (Service Tech)


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