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Automotive Mechanic Job Description and Salary
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Interested in working as an auto mechanic? Here’s information on what auto mechanics do, the types of jobs mechanics hold, and average earnings.
Auto Mechanics interact with customers to obtain information about the problems that they are experiencing with their cars. Mechanics examine various systems within cars to diagnose problems. They run computerized diagnostic tests to help them identify components that might be malfunctioning.
Mechanics remove parts that are worn or not operating properly and replace them with new or used parts. They perform routine maintenance like oil, filter and belt changes according to the schedules established by various car manufacturers.
Auto Mechanics also explain repairs to customers and provide estimates in advance for unanticipated repairs.
Educational options for mechanics include an associate s degree in automotive technology or a related field, a high school or vocational training program, an apprenticeship or on the job training.
Where Mechanics Work
Mechanics work in a variety of automotive service settings including car dealers, tire stores, oil change operations, gas stations and full-service repair shops. Some mechanics operate their own business and take on management functions such as setting prices, advertising and supervising staff.
Auto Mechanic Salaries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, automotive service technicians and mechanics earned an average of $37,120 in 2014. The bottom 10% of automotive service technicians earned less than $20,800 while the top 10% earned at least $62,280.