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Automotive Specialty Technicians

Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.   (O'Net 49-3023.02)

 
Reported job titles:   A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician), Aerial Installer, Air Conditioning Specialist, Air-Conditioning Mechanic, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Maintenance Technician (AFV Maintenance Technician), Alternative Fuel Vehicle Repair Technician (AFV Repair Technician)   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics which includes:
                          - Automotive Master Mechanics
                          - Automotive Specialty Technicians
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 11.35   $ 13.62   $ 17.40   $ 22.15   $ 25.78   $ 18.06  
    Yearly $23,610   $28,340   $36,190   $46,070   $53,620   $37,560  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 10.72   $ 12.41   $ 16.26   $ 20.75   $ 25.04   $ 16.99  
    Yearly $22,300   $25,820   $33,820   $43,170   $52,090   $35,330  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.42   $ 13.95   $ 18.13   $ 22.92   $ 26.96   $ 18.61  
    Yearly $23,740   $29,010   $37,720   $47,660   $56,080   $38,720  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.82   $ 14.50   $ 17.95   $ 22.16   $ 24.94   $ 18.67  
    Yearly $26,660   $30,160   $37,330   $46,090   $51,870   $38,830  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics which includes:
                                  - Automotive Master Mechanics
                                  - Automotive Specialty Technicians
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 2,657 2,808 0.6% 86
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics which includes:
                                - Automotive Master Mechanics
                                - Automotive Specialty Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Motor vehicle and parts dealers 39.5%
    Repair and maintenance 31.5%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 13.4%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 2.6%
    Gasoline stations 2.5%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians  updated December 2005
     


    Knowledge
    for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians  updated December 2005
     


    Skills
    for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians  updated December 2005
     


    Work Activities
    for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians  updated December 2005
     


    Interests
    for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians  updated December 2005
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Automotive Specialty Technicians
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians  updated December 2005
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Automotive Specialty Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician.
     
    • High Performance and Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic. (NEW)
     
    • Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician.
     
    • Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Technology/Technician.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
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  • Automotive Master Mechanics
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  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
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  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Automotive Specialty Technicians 
     

     
     
     
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