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Automotive Mechanic is a technician who repairs the bodies of automobiles and the technical systems running it. Found at vehicle repair shops and dealerships, approximately 15 per cent of them are self-employed. Some Automotive Mechanics specialize in a certain part of the automobile, such as brakes or air-conditioning systems. In today's technologically advanced world, Auto Mechanic's must also have an understanding of the electronic systems and computers that run most of the automobiles. The mechanic has to use both electronic means of gathering data and his senses. Because of the variety of skills required, Automotive Mechanics need to undergo specific educational programs and obtain certification.

The Auto Mechanic's job is to diagnosis the problem and makes the needed repairs. In case of a collision, the mechanic has to work towards removing the dents and repair other damages. While doing so, the mechanic has to measure the body of the automobile and gauge, how much out of alignment the damage is. Using special tools and equipments, the damaged parts have to be realigned. In case of severe damage, welding skills are required to make the necessary repairs. In the situation of a breakdown, the mechanic has to repair engine parts, brakes, suspension, starters, generators or steering gears as required.

The job also involves performing inspection on vehicles. While inspecting, they must lubricate, test parts and determine whether any part has worn out. The mechanic needs to quote prices to the client before inspection or after partial dissembling of parts. Auto Mechanic's work minimum of 40 hours a week, although some overtime is possible.

  • Understanding of traditional tools and ability to utilize those tools with today's computerized automobile systems.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to read technical diagrams and manuals successfully.
  • Math and science skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Technical and mechanical skills.
  • Ability to operate power tools and other machine tools.
  • Customer-service skills.
  • Good communication skills.
An Auto Mechanic's position is of a highly specialized and detail oriented nature. Usually educational training as a mechanic is required to acquire the required skills. Vocational programs in automotive technology or automotive service is an appropriate training for a mechanic's position. These programs are generally offered through high schools or through associate's degree program. Most mechanics are required to have ASE (automotive service excellence) certification, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This program provides certification in a specialized area which could be anything from engine repair, brakes repair, suspension and steering, electrical systems or heating and cooling. A passing score and two years of experience are required to obtain the certificate. An experience as a trainee or a technician's assistant helps in boosting the qualifications.

According to the statistics, an Auto Mechanic earns an average of $17 per hour while the highest can be more than $28 per hour. Annual package is around $34,000 or more. Mechanics with vocational school degree, ASE certification including specialized experience and training usually tend to earn higher salaries.

The job an Automotive Mechanic involves inspecting, servicing, repairing and providing maintenance on automobiles. The job work can range from simple to complex. The mechanic must have an understanding of the components and mechanisms of different types of automobiles. The mechanic has to be aware of the latest computerized technology and must be able to work with computerized equipments. Diagnosing the problem, identifying the source of the problem and then repairing or solving it, is the sole duty of the mechanic. Apart from technical skills, the Auto Mechanic must have good customer service and communication skills.
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