Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics

Automotive Mechanics

Automotive service technicians and mechanics repair and maintain automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles
Automotive Mechanics
Are you a gearhead? Love all things cars? Learn how to fix them and make money off your passion!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Work and problem solve independently, Learn a skill that will allow you to move anywhere and still have a job, Put your passion for cars to work!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Drivability Technician (Auto Drivability Tech), Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Service Technician (Auto Service Tech), Heavy Line Technician, Lube Technician, Master Automotive Technician (Master Auto Tech), Mechanic, Quick Service Technician (Quick Service Tech), Service Technician (Service Tech
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Drivability Technician (Auto Drivability Tech), Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic), Automotive Service Technician (Auto Service Tech), Heavy Line Technician, Lube Technician, Master Automotive Technician (Master Auto Tech), Mechanic, Quick Service Technician (Quick Service Tech), Service Technician (Service Tech
A Typical Day Icon

Your Typical Day:

  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Estimate costs of vehicle repair.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
  • Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
  • Align vehicles' front ends.
  • Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Operate transportation equipment to demonstrate function or malfunction.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition.
  • Record information about parts, materials or repair procedures.
  • Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Adjust vehicle components according to specifications.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
  • Estimate costs for labor or materials.
Your Knowledge Icon

Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 93/100

  • 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. 65/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 59/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 56/100

  • 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. 55/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 48/100

  • 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. 46/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 44/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 41/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 39/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Specialty wrenches
  • Pullers
  • Organic light emitting displays
  • Hammers
  • Voltage or current meters
  • Pressure indicators
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Pneumatic vacuum equipment
  • Brake repair kits
  • Leak testing equipment
  • Pipe or tube cutter
  • Trim or molding tools
  • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches
  • Wheel alignment equipment
  • Circuit tester
  • Engine or vehicle stands
  • Automotive honing machine
  • Pneumatic sanding machines
  • Multi gas monitors
  • Retaining ring pliers
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge
  • Multimeters
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wheel balancing equipment
  • Drill press or radial drill
  • Speed sensors
  • Heat tracing equipment
  • Compressed air gun
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Compression testers
  • Power buffers
  • Liquid leak detectors
  • Socket sets
  • Power drills
  • Pneumatic hammer
  • Integrated circuit testers
  • Brake drum lathe
  • Pneumatic drill
  • Pressure or steam cleaners
  • Locking pliers
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Digital testers
  • Power saws
  • Battery testers
  • Remote reading thermometers
  • Stripping tools
  • Hex keys
  • C clamps
  • Spark plug wrench
  • Mill saw file
  • Steering wheel puller
  • Hydraulic press brake
  • Pipe bending tools
  • Bar code reader equipment
  • Growler tester
  • Motor starter controls
  • Calipers
  • Bench vises
  • Battery acid hydrometers
  • Rivet tools
  • Hydraulic press frames
  • Hoists
  • Blow torch
  • Levels
  • Cutting die
  • Tachometers
  • Acoustic ear muffs or defenders
  • Jacks
  • Welding or soldering kit
  • Valve seat cutter
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Hand clamps
  • Dollies
  • Anvils
  • Soldering iron
  • Hose cutter
  • Gas detectors
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
  • Plasma arc welding machine
  • Capacitance meters
  • Battery chargers
  • Sockets
  • Power grinders
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment
  • Rasps
  • Diagonal cut pliers
  • Inspection mirror
  • Spark plug tester
  • Longnose pliers
  • Tube bending machine
  • Box end wrenches
  • Taps
  • Portable data input terminals
  • Power riveter
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Drill bit set
  • Linemans pliers
  • Open end wrenches
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Wire or cable cutter
  • Borescope inspection equipment
  • Torx keys
  • Deburring tool
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Refrigerant compressors
  • Feeler gauges
  • Hand reamer
  • Hole gauge
  • Metal inert gas welding machine
  • Paint sprayers
  • Oil gun
  • Claw hammer
  • Engine ignition systems
  • Power flaring tool
  • Automotive cleaners
  • Magnetic tools
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine
  • Metal band sawing machine
  • Screw extractors
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench
  • Flat hand file
  • Acoustic sensors
  • Hacksaw
  • Two way radios
  • Workshop cranes
  • Dynamometers
  • Micrometers
  • Air compressors
  • Ammeters
  • Tape measures
  • Cold chisels
  • Grease guns
  • Wire cutters
  • Ratchets
  • Nibblers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers
  • Awls
  • Razor knives
  • Pry bars
  • Nut drivers
  • Safety glasses
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Bolt cutters
  • Scribers
  • Utility knives
  • Forklifts
  • Welding masks
  • Tire changing machines
  • Combination wrenches
  • Impact wrenches
  • Protective gloves
  • Oxygen sensors
  • Laser printers
  • Picks
  • Safety shoes
  • Torque wrenches
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Shears
  • Desktop computers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Wire brushes
  • Heat guns
  • Strap wrenches
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Winches
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Power sanders
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Combination pliers
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