Vehicles require regular maintenance to keep operating at peak efficiency. A key element of this process is regular oil changes, and the person who usually performs this task is a lube technician. A lube technician typically works at dealerships or dedicated automotive service outlets. They are in charge of removing and replacing oil filters, draining the engine of old oil, and replacing it with new oil. The technician also treats the chassis with lube as required or suggested by the manufacturer. In this job, the technician must be aware of the manufacturer's suggested type of oil, which may require consulting a computer database or specification manual.
Most employers of lube technicians also expect this employee to perform a functional inspection of the vehicle to note any potential problems and communicate those to the customer. The technician also checks and replaces or refills other necessary fluids, such as coolant and washer fluids, as well as checks and replaces items such as air filters. The technician may perform minor vehicle cleaning and detailing, such as cleaning dashboards and vacuuming the car interior. With dedicated oil change shops, the technician is expected to follow work protocols and complete oil changes quickly. A final inspection of all work is also mandatory for the technician.
This job is typically entry-level in the automotive repair field. Employees typically are hired mostly based on aptitude and practical experience over formal education, although some employers (for insurance reasons) require a high school diploma or equivalent. Lube technicians typically work during regular business hours during the day, although some dealerships may stay open into the evening also.
Lube Technician Tasks
Explain technical diagnoses and repairs to customers.
Use automotive knowledge to assist customers with technical questions related to product installation and removal.