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Details for Automotive Specialty Technicians


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


  • Examine vehicles, compile estimates of repair costs, and secure customers' approval to perform repairs.
  • Repair, overhaul, and adjust automobile brake systems.
  • Use electronic test equipment to locate and correct malfunctions in fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems.
  • Repair and replace defective balljoint suspensions, brakeshoes, and wheelbearings.
  • Inspect and test new vehicles for damage, then record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.
  • Install and repair air conditioners, and service components such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
  • Repair, replace, and adjust defective carburetor parts and gasoline filters.
  • Remove and replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.
  • Repair and replace automobile leaf springs.
  • Rebuild, repair, and test automotive fuel injection units.
  • Align and repair wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.
  • Repair, install, and adjust hydraulic and electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
  • Repair and rebuild clutch systems.
  • Convert vehicle fuel systems from gasoline to butane gas operations, and repair and service operating butane fuel units.


  • 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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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