CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Automotive Specialty Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Specialty Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator. Examine vehicles, compile estimates of repair costs, and secure customers' approval to perform repairs.
 
Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.
 
Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
 
Repair or replace defective ball joint suspensions, brake shoes, or wheel bearings.
 
Inspect and test new vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
 
Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
 
Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.
 
Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
 
Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
 
Remove and replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.
 
Repair or replace automobile leaf springs.
 
Rebuild, repair, or test automotive fuel injection units.
 
Align wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.
 
Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
 
Repair or rebuild clutch systems.
 
Convert vehicle fuel systems from gasoline to butane gas operations and repair and service operating butane fuel units.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Specialty Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Specialty Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Specialty Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Specialty Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Specialty Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aerial Installer
Air Conditioning Specialist
Air Conditioning Technician (A/C Technician)
Air-Conditioning Mechanic
Alignment Specialist
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Maintenance Technician (AFV Maintenance Technician)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Repair Technician (AFV Repair Technician)
Antenna Installer
Antenna Specialist
Audio Installer
Auto Accessories Installer
Auto Air Conditioning Apprentice
Auto Air Conditioning Installer
Auto Air Conditioning Mechanic
Auto Brake Mechanic
Auto Brake Technician
Auto Engine Mechanic
Auto Headlight Mechanic
Auto Heater Mechanic
Auto Mechanic
Auto Mechanic Apprentice
Auto Radiator Mechanic
Auto Radiator Specialist
Auto Service Mechanic
Auto Wheel Alignment Specialist
Automatic Transmission Mechanic
Automatic Window Seat and Top Lift Repairer
Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic)
Automobile Radiator Mechanic
Automobile Service Advisor
Automobile Service Station Mechanic
Automotive Accessory Installer
Automotive Cooling System Diagnostic Technician
Automotive Repair Technician
Automotive Technician (Auto Technician)
Automotive Worker
Block Mechanic
Body Wirer
Brake Adjuster
Brake Drum Lathe Operator
Brake Liner
Brake Reliner
Brake Repairer
Brake Shoe Rebuilder
Brake Specialist
Brake Technician
Brakeman
Carburetor Expert
Carburetor Mechanic
Carburetor Rebuilder
Carburetor Specialist
Chassis Mechanic
Chassis Wirer
Clutch Mechanic
Clutch Rebuilder
Clutch Specialist
Cylinder Block Mechanic
Diesel Retrofit Installer
Drivability Technician
Electric Vehicle Electrician
Electrical Technician
Emission Technician
Emissions Repair Technician
Engine Mechanic
Floorperson
Frameman
Framer
Front End Alignment Specialist
Front End Mechanic
Front End Specialist
Front End Technician
Fuel Conversion Technician
Fuel Injection Servicer
Fuel Retrofitting Technician
Hand Spring Repairer
Headlight Adjuster
Heater Installer
Heavy Line Technician
Hydramatic Mechanic
Hydramatic Specialist
Hydraulic Mechanic
Hydraulic Specialist
Ignition Expert
Ignition Mechanic
Ignition Specialist
Instrument Repairer
Jeep Mechanic
Light Adjuster
Line Mechanic
Lube Technician
Lubrication Technician
Magneto Specialist
Maintenance Electrician
Mechanic
Motor Block Mechanic
Motor Electrician
Muffler Installer
Muffler Mechanic
Nascar Pit Crew Person
New Car Get-Ready Mechanic
Oil Bay Technician
Power Brake Rebuilder
Race Car Mechanic
Radiator Cleaner
Radiator Mechanic
Radiator Specialist
Radiator Tester
Radio Aerial Installer
Radio Antenna Installer
Radio Installer
Remote Control Mirror Installer
Safety Belt Installer
Speedometer Mechanic
Spring Floor Service Worker
Suspension and Steering Mechanic
Tear Down Man
Tear Down Worker
Technician
Transmission Technician
Trim Technician
Tune-Up Mechanic
Undercar Specialist
Vehicle Fuel Systems Converter
Wheel Adjuster
Wheel Aligner
Wheel Alignment Mechanic
Wheel Alignment Technician
Wheel Tuner
Wheelwright
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Specialty Technicians
 
 
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