Full Auto Mechanic Job Description
Auto mechanics inspect, service, and perform repairs on various road-based vehicles including cars, buses, and trucks. Employment locations vary. An auto mechanic may work in a private or small auto-body or repair shop. They may also work for a car dealership or at a gas station. Some auto mechanics are state or federal employees responsible for maintaining state vehicles, police cars, fire trucks, or road maintenance vehicles.
Most auto mechanics are capable of servicing all basic needs on a standard vehicle. Sometimes mechanics can be specialized either to a certain part of the vehicle such as the transmission, breaks, or engine. They may also be specialized according to type or make of vehicle such as a mechanic that specializes in all types of buses or certain brand-names like Subaru or Toyota. A specialized mechanic is more likely to work in a shop matching their specialization. A Toyota mechanic, for example, would likely work at a Toyota dealership or support center. Specialized mechanics may also work as members of teams with each mechanic taking a different part of the vehicle. Car manufacturers will also hire mechanics to quality inspect vehicles as they are assembled and prepared for shipping to dealers. The mechanic may need to make adjustments or minor repairs as cars come off the assembly line.
The first task of any mechanic is to analyze the problem and determine its source. The mechanic's skill in discovering hard to locate problems is both a source of professional pride and recommendation. Once a mechanic has discovered the problem, they will then locate and install whatever replacement parts are necessary to correct it. The mechanic will often need to locate and order parts from shops or specialized dealers-depending on the part.
Depending on the mechanic's workplace they may also be customer service agents. Mechanics working for small repair shops or dealerships will often discuss with car owners about the problem and possible solution. This may require a mechanic to sell their skills or services to the customer who is likely shopping around for the best deal for their repairs. A mechanic may also choose to start or take over their own mechanic business. In this case, higher levels of customer service and business administration duties will need to be done in addition to the mechanical work unless the mechanic hires someone else to do these things for them.
Auto mechanic work is usually active, dirty, fast-paced, and loud. Auto mechanics work around a variety of machines, chemicals, and large moving objects. They may need to work long hours in uncomfortable positions and will need to be able to lift heavy objects. At the same time, there is a finer art to being a mechanic that involves incredible care and attention to detail. Being an auto mechanic as much like being a doctor for cars, and requires the same careful precision and intimate knowledge. It can be a very rewarding career for anyone who enjoys machines, engineering, problem solving, or tinkering.