Automotive Specialty Technicians
SOC: 49-3023.02

Description:

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


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:

  • A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician)
  • Aerial Installer
  • Air Conditioning Specialist
  • Air-Conditioning Mechanic
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Maintenance Technician (AFV Maintenance Technician)
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Repair Technician (AFV Repair Technician)
  • Antenna Installer
  • Antenna Specialist
  • Audio Installer
  • Auto Accessories Installer
  • Auto Air Conditioning Apprentice
  • Auto Air Conditioning Installer
  • Auto Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Auto Brake Mechanic
  • Auto Brake Technician
  • Auto Engine Mechanic
  • Auto Headlight Mechanic
  • Auto Heater Mechanic
  • Auto Mechanic Apprentice
  • Auto Radiator Mechanic
  • Auto Radiator Specialist
  • Auto Service Mechanic
  • Auto Wheel Alignment Specialist
  • Automatic Transmission Mechanic
  • Automatic Window Seat and Top Lift Repairer
  • Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic)
  • Automobile Radiator Mechanic
  • Automobile Service Advisor
  • Automobile Service Station Mechanic
  • Automobile Technician
  • Automotive Accessory Installer
  • Automotive Cooling System Diagnostic Technician
  • Automotive Technician (Auto Technician)
  • Block Mechanic
  • Body Wirer
  • Brake Adjuster
  • Brake Drum Lathe Operator
  • Brake Liner
  • Brake Reliner
  • Brake Repairer
  • Brake Shoe Rebuilder
  • Brake Specialist
  • Brakeman
  • Carburetor Expert
  • Carburetor Mechanic
  • Carburetor Rebuilder
  • Carburetor Specialist
  • Chassis Mechanic
  • Chassis Wirer
  • Clutch Mechanic
  • Clutch Rebuilder
  • Clutch Specialist
  • Cylinder Block Mechanic
  • Diesel Retrofit Installer
  • Drivability Technician
  • Electric Vehicle Electrician
  • Emission Technician
  • Emissions Repair Technician
  • Engine Mechanic
  • Floorperson
  • Frameman
  • Framer
  • Front End Alignment Specialist
  • Front End Mechanic
  • Front End Specialist
  • Fuel Conversion Technician
  • Fuel Injection Servicer
  • Fuel Retrofitting Technician
  • Hand Spring Repairer
  • Headlight Adjuster
  • Heater Installer
  • Heavy Line Technician
  • Hydramatic Mechanic
  • Hydramatic Specialist
  • Hydraulic Mechanic
  • Hydraulic Specialist
  • Ignition Expert
  • Ignition Mechanic
  • Ignition Specialist
  • Instrument Repairer
  • Jeep Mechanic
  • Light Adjuster
  • Line Mechanic
  • Lube Technician
  • Magneto Specialist
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Motor Block Mechanic
  • Motor Electrician
  • Muffler Installer
  • Muffler Mechanic
  • Nascar Pit Crew Person
  • New Car Get-Ready Mechanic
  • Oil Bay Technician
  • Power Brake Rebuilder
  • Quick Service Technician
  • Race Car Mechanic
  • Radiator Cleaner
  • Radiator Mechanic
  • Radiator Specialist
  • Radiator Tester
  • Radio Aerial Installer
  • Radio Antenna Installer
  • Radio Installer
  • Remote Control Mirror Installer
  • Repair Technician
  • Safety Belt Installer
  • Service Technician
  • Speedometer Mechanic
  • Spring Floor Service Worker
  • Tear Down Man
  • Tear Down Worker
  • Trim Technician
  • Tune-Up Mechanic
  • Undercar Specialist
  • Vehicle Fuel Systems Converter
  • Wheel Adjuster
  • Wheel Aligner
  • Wheel Alignment Mechanic
  • Wheel Alignment Technician
  • Wheel Tuner
  • Wheelwright


  • 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
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.
  • Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective ball joint suspensions, brake shoes, or wheel bearings.
  • Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
  • Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.
  • Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
  • Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
  • Repair or replace automobile leaf springs.
  • Rebuild, repair, or test automotive fuel injection units.
  • Align wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.
  • Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
  • Repair or rebuild clutch systems.
  • Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Conduct visual inspections of compressed natural gas fuel systems to identify cracks, gouges, abrasions, discoloration, broken fibers, loose brackets, damaged gaskets, or other problems.
  • Diagnose and repair regenerative braking systems or hydraulic systems in hybrid vehicles.
  • Diagnose and replace or repair engine management systems or related sensors for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) with ignition timing, fuel rate, alcohol concentration, or air-to-fuel ratio malfunctions.
  • Inspect propane or natural gas high-pressure tanks, piping, or pressure regulators.
  • Replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric-powered systems, such as power steering pumps or air conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.
  • Retrofit vehicle fuel systems with aftermarket products, such as vapor transfer devices, evaporation control devices, swirlers, lean burn devices, or friction reduction devices, to enhance combustion and fuel efficiency.
  • Service biodiesel fuel tanks for algae or sludge accumulation by cleaning, changing filters, or adding algaecides.
  • Service internal combustion engine systems for hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Convert vehicle fuel systems from gasoline to butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.
  • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Estimate costs of vehicle repair.
  • Replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.
  • Service or repair butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air chisels
  • Air compressors
  • Air conditioner chargers
  • Air hammers
  • Air wrenches
  • Allen wrenches
  • Alternator testers
  • Ammeters
  • Angle drills
  • Antenna socket sets
  • Anvils
  • Auto body dollies
  • Awls
  • Ball joint separators
  • Battery hydrometers
  • Battery jump starters
  • Bolt cutters
  • Bore gauges
  • Borescopes
  • Brake bleeders
  • Brake cylinder hones
  • Brake drum lathes
  • Brake shoe tools
  • Breaker bars
  • Buffers
  • Butterfly air wrenches
  • Calipers
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers
  • Chain hoists
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Circuit testers
  • Clamp-on multimeters
  • Clutch holding tools
  • Clutch wrenches
  • Code readers
  • Combination wrenches
  • Combustion leak detectors
  • Compression analyzers
  • Computerized suspension analyzers
  • Continuity testers
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Deburring tools
  • Dent pullers
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial indicators
  • Diesel modulator shift testers
  • Disc brake pad spreaders
  • Drill presses
  • Dwell meters
  • Dynamometers
  • Engine oil pressure testers
  • Engine stands
  • Exhaust analyzers
  • Exhaust/tail pipe cutters
  • External snap ring pliers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Filter wrenches
  • Flaring tools
  • Frame racks
  • Fuel injection cleaners
  • Gear pullers
  • Grease guns
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammers
  • Hand pullers
  • Heat guns
  • Hoists
  • Hose cutters
  • Hydraulic bleed tools
  • Hydraulic shop presses
  • Ignition testers
  • Impact wrenches
  • In-line ignition spark testers
  • Infrared digital thermometers
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Internal retaining ring pliers
  • Jack stands
  • Jacks
  • Laser levels
  • Laser photo tachometers
  • Laser printers
  • Leak detection smoke machines
  • Leak detectors
  • Light emitting diode LED leak detector lights
  • Lug wrenches
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Manifold gauge sets
  • Mechanics' stethoscopes
  • Metal cutting dies
  • Metal cutting taps
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nibblers
  • Non-contact thermometers
  • Nut drivers
  • Offset brake wrenches
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oil filter wrenches
  • Oil injectors
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Oxygen sensors
  • Paint sprayers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Plasma cutters
  • Pneumatic chassis lubriguns
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Pneumatic fluid evacuators
  • Pneumatic orbital sanders
  • Pneumatic wrenches
  • Polishers
  • Power grinders
  • Power pullers
  • Power sanders
  • Pressure brake bleeders
  • Pry bars
  • Punches
  • Radiator hose pinchoff pliers
  • Ratcheting box wrenches
  • Ratcheting gear wrenches
  • Ratchets
  • Reamers
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Refrigerant identifiers
  • Refrigerant leak detectors
  • Revolutions per minute RPM gauges
  • Rivet guns
  • Rotor/drum brake lathes
  • Safety glasses
  • Sandblasters
  • Scan tools
  • Scrapers
  • Screw extractor sets
  • Scribers
  • Shears
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Shoe retaining spring tools
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slide hammers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering irons
  • Spark plug gapping tools
  • Spark plug sockets
  • Spark plug testers
  • Spot welding kits
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Steering wheel column pivot pin pullers
  • Stickleback rasps
  • Straight blade screwdrivers
  • Strap wrenches
  • Strobe wheel balancing systems for heavy vehicles
  • Tachometers
  • Tape measures
  • Test lights
  • Tire changing machines
  • Tire pressure gauges
  • Torque wrenches
  • Torx keys
  • Transmission jacks
  • Tube cutters
  • Tubing benders
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Valve seating equipment
  • Vises
  • Voltmeters
  • Welding masks
  • Wheel alignment machines
  • Wheel balancers
  • Wheel weight hammers
  • Winches
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Workshop cranes
  • Workshop presses
  • Alliance Automotive Shop Controller
  • Amcom AUTOS2000
  • ARSIS Automotive Repair Shop Invoice System software
  • CC2/CC3 body shop management software
  • Database software
  • Estimating software
  • Genisys Fast Fixes
  • Hunter WinAlign
  • Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Mitchell OnDemand5 Manager
  • Nexiq Tech HDS Suite for Palm
  • Online service manual database software
  • Pathfinder software
  • Scott Systems MaxxTraxx Pro
  • Snap-On ShoKey
  • Technical manual database software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990