Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
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- Retrofit vehicle fuel systems with aftermarket products, such as vapor transfer devices, evaporation control devices, swirlers, lean burn devices, or friction reduction devices, to enhance combustion and fuel efficiency.
- Inspect propane or natural gas high-pressure tanks, piping, or pressure regulators.
- Convert vehicle fuel systems from gasoline to butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.
- Service biodiesel fuel tanks for algae or sludge accumulation by cleaning, changing filters, or adding algaecides.
- Diagnose and repair regenerative braking systems or hydraulic systems in hybrid vehicles.
- Service internal combustion engine systems for hybrid electric vehicles.
- Service or repair butane gas, ethanol, methane, or other alternative or biofuel systems.
- Replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric-powered systems, such as power steering pumps or air conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.
- Diagnose and replace or repair engine management systems or related sensors for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) with ignition timing, fuel rate, alcohol concentration, or air-to-fuel ratio malfunctions.
- Conduct visual inspections of compressed natural gas fuel systems to identify cracks, gouges, abrasions, discoloration, broken fibers, loose brackets, damaged gaskets, or other problems.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.
- 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.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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.
- Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2015, the average annual wage in California was $44,940 with most people making between $22,880 and $72,250
During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 64,200 people in California. It is projected that there will be 73,800 employed in 2022.
This occupation will have about 960 openings due to growth and about 1,630 replacement openings for approximately 2,590 total annual openings.
collegeUniversity of California-Berkeley
collegeAmerican River College
majorHigh Performance and Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic
collegeLos Angeles Trade Technical College
onetAutomotive Body and Related Repairers
collegeAntelope Valley College
majorAutobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
onetAutomotive Master Mechanics
majorAutomobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
majorAutomotive Engineering Technology/Technician