Transmission mechanics specialize in repairing manual and automatic transmissions in a variety of vehicles. They know how to use basic mechanic shop equipment and tools such as hoists or lifts, wrenches and ratchets. They also know how to adjust bands, pumps and gears as needed. Transmission mechanics also are able to adjust linkage and fill the transmission with fluids.
Other things transmission mechanics may encounter are valves, road testing of vehicles before and/or after repair, removing and installing transmissions, adjusting carburetors, using tachometers, and fixing or replacing broken or worn parts. The ability to stand for long amounts of time, bend, lift heavy parts and squat are all necessary physical motions for mechanics.
Unless they own their own mechanical shop, most transmission mechanics will work with other people in a shop. This could include the owner, other mechanics, and the owners of the vehicles.
For education, at the very least, transmission mechanics are required to have a GED or high school diploma. Some shops require certifications, such as ASE. Mechanics can also be specialized in certain kinds of transmissions such as automatic or foreign builds. Work hours for transmission mechanics will vary but most shops are open during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. during the week and are sometimes open on weekends.
Transmission Mechanic Tasks
- Use automotive knowledge to assist customers with technical questions related to product installation and removal.
- Explain technical diagnoses and repairs to customers.