Automotive Specialty Technicians

Description

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

Tasks

  • Examine vehicles, compile estimates of repair costs, and secure customers' approval to perform repairs.
  • Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.
  • Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective ball joint suspensions, brake shoes, or wheel bearings.
  • Inspect and test new vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
  • Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.
  • Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
  • Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
  • Remove and replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.
  • Repair or replace automobile leaf springs.
  • Rebuild, repair, or test automotive fuel injection units.
  • Align wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.
  • 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.
  • Convert vehicle fuel systems from gasoline to butane gas operations and repair and service operating butane fuel units.
  • Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.
  • 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 repair regenerative braking systems or hydraulic systems in hybrid vehicles.
  • 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.
  • Inspect propane or natural gas high-pressure tanks, piping, or pressure regulators.
  • Replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric-powered systems, such as power steering pumps or air conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.
  • 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.
  • Service biodiesel fuel tanks for algae or sludge accumulation by cleaning, changing filters, or adding algaecides.
  • Service internal combustion engine systems for hybrid electric vehicles.

Knowledge

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Skills

Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

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.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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.
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.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Aerial Installer
Air Conditioning Specialist
Air Conditioning Technician (A/C Technician)
Air-Conditioning Mechanic
Alignment Specialist
Antenna Installer
Antenna Specialist
Audio Installer
Auto Accessories Installer
Auto Air Conditioning Apprentice
Auto Air Conditioning Installer
Auto Air Conditioning Mechanic
Auto Brake Mechanic
Auto Brake Technician
Auto Engine Mechanic
Auto Headlight Mechanic
Auto Heater Mechanic
Auto Mechanic
Auto Mechanic Apprentice
Auto Radiator Mechanic
Auto Radiator Specialist
Auto Service Mechanic
Auto Wheel Alignment Specialist
Automatic Transmission Mechanic
Automatic Window Seat and Top Lift Repairer
Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic)
Automobile Radiator Mechanic
Automobile Service Advisor
Automobile Service Station Mechanic
Automotive Accessory Installer
Automotive Cooling System Diagnostic Technician
Automotive Repair Technician
Automotive Technician (Auto Technician)
Automotive Worker
Block Mechanic
Body Wirer
Brake Adjuster
Brake Drum Lathe Operator
Brake Liner
Brake Reliner
Brake Repairer
Brake Shoe Rebuilder
Brake Specialist
Brake Technician
Brakeman
Carburetor Expert
Carburetor Mechanic
Carburetor Rebuilder
Carburetor Specialist
Chassis Mechanic
Chassis Wirer
Clutch Mechanic
Clutch Rebuilder
Clutch Specialist
Cylinder Block Mechanic
Drivability Technician
Electrical Technician
Engine Mechanic
Floorperson
Frameman
Framer
Front End Alignment Specialist
Front End Mechanic
Front End Specialist
Front End Technician
Fuel Injection Servicer
Hand Spring Repairer
Headlight Adjuster
Heater Installer
Heavy Line Technician
Hydramatic Mechanic
Hydramatic Specialist
Hydraulic Mechanic
Hydraulic Specialist
Ignition Expert

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$17.6 hourly, $36,610 annual.
Employment (2008):
596,830 employees