Mechanics are responsible for inspecting, repairing and maintaining cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles. In recent years, the systems and components of these vehicles have become more complex. Mechanics need the skills to work not only with special tools and diagnostic equipment, but also with sophisticated electronics and computer systems.
Skill Requirements for Mechanics
Automotive, diesel and small engine mechanics perform a wide range of services on vehicles that are becoming increasingly complex. As a mechanic, you may find yourself performing tune-ups, flushing fuel systems, testing ignition and emission systems, installing air conditioning systems, replacing brakes and even building engines and transmissions.
You’ll need to possess an excellent understanding of these mechanical components and the electrical and computer control systems that can cause them to malfunction. You’ll also need excellent diagnostic and problem-solving skills, good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.