By : Justin Moore
- Keeps equipment available for use by inspecting and testing vehicles; completing preventive maintenance such as, engine tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation and changes, wheel balancing, replacing filters.Maintains vehicle functional condition by listening to operator complaints; conducting inspections; repairing engine failures; repairing mechanical and electrical systems malfunctions; replacing parts and components; repairing body damage.Verifies vehicle serviceability by conducting test drives; adjusting controls and systems.Complies with state vehicle requirements by testing engine, safety, and combustion control standards.Maintains vehicle appearance by cleaning, washing, and painting.Maintains vehicle records by recording service and repairs.Keeps shop equipment operating by following operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; performing preventive maintenance; calling for repairs.Contains costs by using warranty; evaluating service and parts options.Keeps supplies ready by inventorying stock; placing orders; verifying receipt.Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical publications.Accomplishes maintenance and organization mission by completing related results as needed
While a high school diploma is the minimum education requirement for mechanics, many employers prefer to hire those who have completed certificate or associate's programs in automotive technology or related fields.
The median annual salary for mechanic and automotive technicians was $36,710 in 2013. The highest earners in the field made about $61,210, while the lowest-paid took home $20,920.