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Automotive Master Mechanics
District Of Columbia

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Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.

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Currently Employed: 420

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $21.44 - $29.80

Typical Annual Salary: $44,600 - $62,000

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, and other potentially troublesome areas.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
  • Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
  • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.

tools & technology

  • Hammers
  • Organic light emitting displays
  • Pullers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Specialty wrenches

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Facilities management software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Project management software

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