Automotive Master Mechanic

Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 38,370
Employment Projected: 39,650
Percentage Change: 3.3%

Education/Training

Training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • A/C Tech (Air Conditioning Technician)
  • HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer)
  • HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic)
  • HVAC Service Tech (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician)
  • HVAC Service Technician (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician)
  • HVAC Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Specialist)
  • HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technician)
  • HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician)
  • Service Technician; Systems Mechanic

Duties

  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, and other potentially troublesome areas.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements

Skills

  • 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.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $23,010
Average: $38,040
Experienced: $45,550