What do Automotive Master Mechanics do?

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

  • 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.
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine-cooling, and electrical systems.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • 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.
  • Repair radiator leaks.
  • Align vehicles' front ends.
  • Rebuild parts such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
  • Repair damaged automobile bodies.

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Necessary Skills

  • Repairing
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Equipment Selection
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control

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