Automotive Master Mechanics
SOC: 49-3023.01

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
739,900 employed

Projected (2024):
779,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Ambulance Mechanic
  • ASE Master Mechanic (Automotive Service Excellence Master Mechanic)
  • Auto Bench Mechanic
  • Auto Garage Mechanic
  • Auto Mechanic
  • Auto Motor Mechanic
  • Auto Overhauler
  • Auto Rebuilder
  • Auto Technician
  • Auto Transmission Mechanic
  • Auto Tune Up Mechanic
  • Auto, Automobile, or Automotive Technician
  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Automobile Mechanic Apprentice
  • Automobile Service Advisor
  • Automobile Technician
  • Automotive Drivability Technician
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Automotive Repair Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Automotive Technician
  • Autos Disassembler
  • Car Mechanic
  • Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician)
  • Certified Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Experimental Mechanic
  • Experimental Worker
  • Gear Changer
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Heavy Repairer
  • Heavy Truck Mechanic
  • Jeep Mechanic
  • Make Ready Mechanic
  • Master Automotive Technician
  • Master Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Mechanical Car Checker
  • Motor Adjuster
  • Motor Analyst
  • Motor Expert
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Motor Tester
  • Motor Tune Up Specialist
  • New Car Make Ready Mechanic
  • Propulsion Motor and Generator Repairer
  • Race Car Mechanic
  • Racing Mechanic
  • Reconditioner
  • Repair Technician
  • Service Counselor
  • Service Technician
  • Shop Foreman
  • Squeak, Rattle, and Leak Repairer
  • Tractor Engine Mechanic
  • Transmission Mechanic
  • Transmission Rebuilder
  • Transmission Specialist
  • Trouble Shooter
  • Truck Technician
  • Used Car Make Ready Mechanic
  • Vehicle Mechanic


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job 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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
  • 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.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • 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.
  • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
  • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
  • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
  • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
  • Repair radiator leaks.
  • Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
  • Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Repair or replace shock absorbers.
  • Align vehicles' front ends.
  • Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
  • Repair damaged automobile bodies.
  • Replace and adjust headlights.
  • Maintain cleanliness of work area.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 2-channel lab scopes
  • 3 pound sledge hammers
  • 5 pound sledge hammers
  • 5-gas emissions analyzers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Air conditioner chargers
  • Air drills
  • Air sanders
  • Alignment wrenches
  • Allen wrenches
  • Alternating current/direct current AC/DC inductive current clamps
  • Anti-lock braking system ABS/air bag scan tools
  • Antifreeze recovery equipment
  • Anvils
  • Auto scanners
  • Automotive on-board diagnostics scanners
  • Awls
  • Ball joint separators
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bandsaws
  • Battery chargers
  • Battery hydrometers
  • Battery load testers
  • Battery/alternator testers
  • Bearing pullers
  • Bench lathes
  • Bolt cutters
  • Borescopes
  • Box end wrenches
  • Brake line flaring tools
  • Brake rotor hones
  • Brake shoe tools
  • Brake tools
  • Brass hammers
  • Breaker bars
  • Buffers
  • Cable cutters
  • Calipers
  • Capacity testers
  • Carbon scrapers
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers
  • Center punches
  • Chain wrenches
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Circuit testers
  • Circular saws
  • Clamp-on multimeters
  • Claw hammers
  • Coil testers
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination pliers
  • Combination wrenches
  • Combustible gas detectors
  • Compression testers
  • Computerized engine analyzers
  • Computerized scanners
  • Continuity testers
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Cutting torches
  • Cylinder leakage testers
  • Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic code readers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial gauges
  • Dial indicators
  • Dolly blocks
  • Drill bit sets
  • Drill presses
  • Dwell meters
  • Dynamometers
  • Electric drills
  • Engine cylinder hones
  • Exhaust analyzers
  • External snap ring pliers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Flare nut wrenches
  • Flat files
  • Forklifts
  • Freon recovery equipment
  • Front end alignment equipment
  • Fuel pressure testers
  • Gas welding equipment
  • Gasket scrapers
  • Gear puller tools
  • Gear wrenches
  • Graphing scanners
  • Grease guns
  • Grinding equipment
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammers
  • Hand clamps
  • Handheld computer diagnostic equipment
  • Heat guns
  • Hex keys
  • High velocity low pressure HVLP spray guns
  • Hoists
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Ignition module testers
  • Impact guns
  • Impact wrenches
  • Infrared thermometers
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Insulated pliers
  • Internal retaining ring pliers
  • Jack stands
  • Jacks
  • Laser levels
  • Laser printers
  • Leak detecting diagnostic smoke machines
  • Light emitting diode LED circuit testers
  • Locking C-clamps
  • Locking jaw pliers
  • Locking wrenches
  • Long nose pliers
  • Lug wrenches
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Manifold gauge sets
  • Mechanics' stethoscopes
  • Metal cutting dies
  • Metal cutting taps
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Micrometers
  • Mini circuit testers
  • Modular diagnostic information systems
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nibblers
  • Non-contact thermometers
  • Nut drivers
  • Offset brake wrenches
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oil filter wrenches
  • Oil injectors
  • Oil pressure gauges
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Oxyacetylene welding equipment
  • Paint sprayers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Picks
  • Pin punches
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Plasma cutters
  • Plastic tip hammers
  • Pneumatic wrenches
  • Portable exhaust analyzers
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power saws
  • Power washers
  • Pressure brake bleeders
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Protective gloves
  • Pry bars
  • Punches
  • Ratcheting box wrenches
  • Ratchets
  • Razor knives
  • Reamers
  • Refrigerant gas analyzers
  • Remote starter switches
  • Riveting tools
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety shoes
  • Sandblasters
  • Scrapers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shears
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Shoe retaining spring tools
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slide hammers
  • Smoke machines
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Socket wrenches
  • Soft face hammers
  • Soldering irons
  • Spark plug gapping tools
  • Spoons
  • Spot welding kits
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
  • Stickleback rasps
  • Straight blade screwdrivers
  • Strap wrenches
  • Tachometers
  • Tape measures
  • Taper punches
  • Test lights
  • Timing lights
  • Tire pressure gauges
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Torx keys
  • Torx screwdrivers
  • Tubing benders
  • Tubing cutters
  • Two way radios
  • Ultrasonic diagnostic kits
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Valve seating equipment
  • Vises
  • Voltmeters
  • Welding masks
  • Wheel balancers
  • Winches
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Workshop cranes
  • Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
  • AutoZone ALLDATA
  • Blue Streak Electronics Buell Diagnostic
  • CODA Engine Analysis System
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Diacom software
  • Estimating software
  • Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Mitchell Manager Invoicing System
  • Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm
  • Online service manual database software
  • Personal digital assistants PDA diagnostic software
  • Recordkeeping software
  • Snap-On ShoKey
  • SPX/OTC Genisys ConnecTech PC
  • Technical manual database software
  • Vehicle management software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990