Repairs automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any vehicle part or specialize in the transmission system.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.
A person in this career:
- Tests drive vehicles and tests components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
- Examines vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
- Repairs, relines, replaces, and adjusts brakes.
- Follows 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.
- Confers with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
- Performs routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
- Tests and adjusts repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
- Repairs and services air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
- Reviews work orders and discusses work with supervisors.
- Plans work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.