A wheel alignment mechanic performs maintenance on a car to make sure that the car is properly aligned. The mechanic corrects the problem of the steering wheel swerving in different directions instead of staying in a straight line. This is essential to increase gas mileage, prevent accidents, and make sure that there is not any unnecessary and uneven wear on the tires. The mechanic will usually use a computerized system to figure out how the car needs to be aligned.
Basic mathematical skills are needed in order to understand the measurements involved. While this is being done, the mechanic will usually check for suspension problems that may need to be fixed. After the measurements have been obtained, the mechanic will adjust the car so that the wheels and axles are aligned properly. Some components of the suspension may also have to be adjusted. In some positions, the wheel alignment mechanic will also be given other duties relating to the maintenance and repair of cars, such as oil changes, balancing, steering system repair, and general engine repairs. Strong customer service skills are sometimes necessary, as the mechanic may interact directly with customers. Strong knowledge of different types of car alignment practices are needed since cars will vary in the type of alignment needed.
Generally, a minimum of a high school diploma is needed, in addition to successful graduation from a technical automotive school. Prior to being hired, the mechanic may have to demonstrate experience and proficiency.
Wheel Alignment Mechanic Tasks
Explain technical diagnoses and repairs to customers.
Use automotive knowledge to assist customers with technical questions related to product installation and removal.