Transmission mechanics repair and maintain the transmission systems of cars so that gears can be changed effectively while driving. These mechanics must have knowledge of both manual and automatic transmissions and be proficient with hand and power tools in order to make all necessary repairs. In many positions, they also have to repair other parts of cars' engines.
In addition to working with transmissions, common tasks for transmission mechanics include changing oil and filters, changing tires, installing batteries, and checking electrical systems. They may also diagnose cars' problems with a manual or computer-assisted method. Customer service is important in this position, as these mechanics often interact directly with customers. After work task is carried out, it is important to inspect it and carry out necessary tests to ensure that the repairs are sufficient. They may also provide estimates for what the repairs will cost.
Transmission mechanics must always stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field to utilize the best methods and materials available. A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position, and education, testing, and certification as a mechanic are also necessary. Certifications in various areas of mechanical work may help those in this position to become master mechanics in the future.
Transmission Mechanic Tasks
Communicate with customer service, parts and sales departments.
Diagnose malfunctions using electronic testing equipment.
Diagnose, repair and perform maintenance on automobiles.
Maintain inventory of tools and parts.