Automotive Master Mechanics

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Ambulance Mechanic
  • ASE Master Mechanic (Automotive Service Excellence Master Mechanic)
  • Auto, Automobile, or Automotive Technician
  • Auto Bench Mechanic
  • Auto Garage Mechanic
  • Auto Mechanic
  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Automobile Mechanic Apprentice
  • Automobile Service Advisor
  • Automobile Technician

What They Do

  • Repair damaged automobile bodies.
  • Rebuild parts such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
  • Align vehicles' front ends.
  • Repair radiator leaks.
  • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
  • Replace and adjust headlights.
  • Repair or replace shock absorbers.
  • Maintain cleanliness of work area.
  • Install and repair accessories such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
  • Repair manual and automatic transmissions.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Washington was $43,760 with most people making between $25,330 and $64,390

Outlook

0.18%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 15,270 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 15,540 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 27 openings due to growth and about 293 replacement openings for approximately 320 total annual openings.