What does an Automotive Master Mechanic do?

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

Jobs Roles

  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
  • 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.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • 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.
  • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
  • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
  • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.
  • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
  • Repair radiator leaks.
  • Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
  • Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Repair or replace shock absorbers.
  • Align vehicles' front ends.
  • Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
  • Repair damaged automobile bodies.
  • Replace and adjust headlights.
  • Maintain cleanliness of work area.
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