Mechanics generally repair vehicles such as cars, trucks, and airplanes. They work primarily in shops in which unpleasant conditions such as heat and loud sounds may be encountered, and a variety of part-time and full-time positions are available; some may also work on-call for whenever services are required.
Generally, mechanics receive information from a vehicle's owner regarding the issue and an analysis is carried out, which is sometimes aided by a computer, while detailed examinations of specific parts is often necessary, as well. After the problem is determined, the mechanic should fix it; if a technique is not immediately known, he/she may consult other resources such as guide books or fellow mechanics. Many mechanics specialize in particular areas of maintenance, such as engines, transmission, and electronics.
Mechanics should always stay up-to-date in their professional knowledge so the best repair techniques are always employed. Though some of the work is done independently, teamwork is always important in order to bring maintenance jobs together. In smaller shops, some mechanics may have general office duties, such as answering calls and creating appointments, and strong customer service skills are important to ensure that clients leave satisfied and return for future services. Some positions may require mechanics to have graduated from a related field of study, and some employers prefer experience over educational requirements.
- Diagnose, repair and perform maintenance on automobiles.
- Maintain inventory of tools and parts.
- Communicate with customer service, parts and sales departments.
- Diagnose malfunctions using electronic testing equipment.