Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics:

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

Also includes

Automotive Master Mechanics , Automotive Specialty Technicians

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $39,540.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 16,517
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 6.10 %

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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
Conduct tests to locate mechanical system malfunction
Repair major vehicle systems such as engines, engine components, or transmissions
Overhaul major vehicle systems such as engines or transmissions
Install vehicle parts and accessories
Replace malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Service vehicle with water, air, fuel, or oil
Repair cargo or passenger vehicle
Clean installation, maintenance, or repair tools, equipment, or machinery
Maintain cargo or passenger vehicle
Adjust clearances of vehicle body parts or components
Adjust clearances of mechanical or electrical components or parts
Rebuild parts or components
Service green vehicles to make repairs or maintain good working order
Install brakes on vehicles
Lubricate machinery, equipment, or parts
Determine replacement part required
Repair commercial transportation equipment
Repair mechanical controls
Align vehicle frame
Maintain mechanical machinery or implements
Maintain work tools or equipment
Overhaul power-generating equipment or machinery
Maintain welding machines or equipment
Overhaul industrial or construction machinery or equipment
Maintain construction machinery or equipment
Repair gas, steam, oil, sewer, or water piping or fixtures
Repair measuring or control devices
Perform preventative maintenance on manufacturing equipment
Repair malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Install glass such as windshields in motor vehicles
Perform hydraulic plumbing
Level machines, equipment, or structures
Align machines, equipment, or structures
Repair mechanical timing devices
Replace gas, steam, sewer, or water piping or fixtures
Repair railroad equipment or tracks
Repair work tools or equipment
Install tires on vehicles
Repair pipes to stop leaking
Repair specialized rigging
Calibrate mechanical equipment or instruments to specification
Repair small engines
Install vehicle upholstery
Maintain manufacturing or production equipment
Maintain small engines
Maintain mining machinery or equipment
Clean agricultural, farming, or forestry tools, equipment, or machinery
Prepare equipment for maintenance
Repair aircraft propulsion systems
Maintain boat or ship hull
Repair aircraft ignition systems
Repair farm vehicles, machinery, or mechanical implements
Replace worn equipment components

Handling and Moving Objects

Reassemble equipment after repair
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance
Align equipment or machinery
Adjust vehicle components according to specifications
Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies
Weld metal parts and components
Weld metal structures
Assemble gear systems
Rewire electrical or electronic systems
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Assemble equipment or components
Perform combination welding or cutting procedures
Solder metal parts, piping, or components
Adjust mechanical equipment
Install machine or equipment replacement parts
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured automotive or vehicle related products by hand
Adjust measuring or control devices
Solder electrical or electronic connections or components
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Install electrical fixtures or components
Install/Replace measuring or control devices such as meters or regulators
Dismantle heavy equipment or machinery
Install electrical components, equipment, or systems
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured mechanical products, engines, or machinery by hand
Install audio or communications equipment
Braze metal parts or components
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Bend tubing or conduit
Mold metal or plastic materials through bending or straightening
Adjust electrical or electronic equipment
Calibrate equipment to specifications
Adjust agricultural equipment
Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems
Install industrial machinery or equipment
Install electronic manufacturing equipment
Install electrical conduit or tubing
Install electronic power, communication, or control equipment or systems
Install household appliances
Prime/Paint vehicle or transportation equipment surfaces
Install electrical or electronic cables or wiring
Apply adhesives, caulking, or sealants
Assemble mechanical components or machine parts
Paint vehicles, structures and objects using spraying equipment
Paint surfaces such as walls
Cut materials according to specifications or needs
Spot/tack weld materials
Perform basic plumbing
Install plumbing, piping, or water handling systems
Connect electrical components or equipment
Remove parts or components from equipment
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured aircraft products by hand
Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion
Laminate objects for preservation, protection, and durability
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Set-up welding equipment
Set-up specialized rigging
Cut pipe or piping material for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, water, or steam lines

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Test vehicle computer processors to detect malfunctions
Operate vehicle engine electrical systems test equipment
Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning
Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning
Operate engine emission testing equipment
Test mechanical products or equipment
Inspect vehicle to detect malfunctions or maintenance needed
Inspect vehicle body to determine extent of damages and repairs needed
Perform safety inspection related to an installation, maintenance or repair
Inspect installation, maintenance, or repair machinery or equipment
Conduct performance testing
Inspect facilities to determine repair or replacement needs
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Inspect gas systems or components to identify leaks or other potential hazards
Inspect completed repair work to ensure proper functioning
Inspect aircraft or aircraft components
Inspect mechanical systems to determine if they are operating properly
Inspect production equipment
Inspect farming, fishing, or forestry equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Perform industrial, production, or manufacturing related safety inspection

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Store Management
Vehicle Maintenance
Motor Vehicle Operation
Engine Repair

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