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.
- 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.