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

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

    Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

  • Repairing

    Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

  • Troubleshooting

    Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
3
Reading for Information
4
Locating Information
4
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.

Knowledge
  • Mechanical

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

  • 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.

  • Computers and Electronics

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

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $36,270/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.44/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 27,290
  • Yearly Projected Openings 860
Typical Education
Personality
Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
Tools
  • Specialty wrenches
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Pullers
  • Organic light emitting displays
  • Hammers
Technology
  • Project management software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Facilities management software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.