Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
- Vehicle Mechanic
- Used Car Make Ready Mechanic
- Truck Technician
- Trouble Shooter
- Transmission Specialist
- Transmission Rebuilder
- Transmission Mechanic
- Tractor Engine Mechanic
- Squeak, Rattle, and Leak Repairer
- Shop Foreman
- Repair damaged automobile bodies.
- Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.
- Align vehicles' front ends.
- Repair radiator leaks.
- Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
- Replace and adjust headlights.
- Repair or replace shock absorbers.
- Maintain cleanliness of work area.
- Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
- Repair manual and automatic transmissions.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RI.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $46,650 with most people making between $24,190 and $73,410
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 69,200 people in California. It is projected that there will be 75,100 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 590 openings due to growth and about 1,850 replacement openings for approximately 2,440 total annual openings.
- Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
- Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
- Automotive Specialty Technicians
- Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
- Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics
- Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers
- Home Appliance Repairers
- Industrial Machinery Mechanics
- Maintenance and Repair Workers, General