Automotive mechanics, also called automotive technicians or auto techs, inspect, diagnose and repair automobiles ranging from passenger cars to trucks, RVs and deisels.
Most mechanics work regular 40-hour weeks, though some work evenings and weekends to satisfy customer needs. Depending on the size of the shop, mechanics may take after-hours shifts as required.
Many mechanics are ASE certified in one or more areas of automotive maintenance. Though certification is not a requirement, most employers in urban areas will only hire mechanics who have their certification.
Automotive Mechanic Job Duties
Automotive technicians in smaller shops generally handle engine and system repairs of all kinds, including mechanical, electrical and hydraulic repairs, though some smaller shops may employ a few mechanics with various specialties. Larger shops tend to employ mechanics who specialize in one area of repair, such as brake systems, transmission or engine electrical. In both cases, auto technicians are responsible for staying up to date on the latest technologies, techniques and best-practices of auto repair. Mechanics are also required to learn the use and maintenance of various repair tools, machines and equipment.
Some of the automotive systems repaired by auto mechanics can include:
- Engine Ignition System
- Brakes and Hydraulics
- Tire Pressure and Wheel Alignment
- Transmission and Drive Train
- Lights, Sensors and Electrical Systems
- Smog Systems
- Belts and Timing
- Onboard Computer and Eletronics
- Fuel System and Filters
- Oil Systems and Filters
- Coolant Systems
- Exhaust System
Automotive repair can consist of rebuilding an entire engine or simply replacing a worn part, and automotive technicians need to be capable of doing either.