Profession vehicle technician

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Car mechanics repair, maintain and service (components of) vehicles

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks vehicle technician

  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or faults and to estimate repair costs.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems, and to discuss work to be performed.
  • Inspect vehicles ensuring all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, etc.
  • Test components and systems, using suitable equipment such as compression gauges.
  • Plan work procedures.
  • Repair, replace or adjust worn and faulty parts using suitable tools and equipment.
  • Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications, etc.
  • Test and adjust repaired parts or assemblies to make sure they work properly.
  • Carry out minor body and trim repairs.

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  • Automotive glass installer or repairer
  • Bus mechanic
  • Car seller
  • Car tyres mechanic
  • Cars and other vehicles inspector
  • Diesel engine mechanic
  • Engineering maintenance supervisor
  • Garage receptionist
  • Garage supervisor
  • Motor-vehicle engine fitter
  • Motorcycle mechanic
  • Rental clerk road or water vehicles
  • Road vehicles loader
  • Truck mechanic
  • Vehicle patrolman/woman
  • Vehicle spray painter
  • Vehicle upholsterer

Knowledge

  • Car controls

    The functioning of specific car equipment such as how to operate and handle the clutch, throttle, lighting, instrumentation, transmission and the brakes.

  • Vehicle electrical systems

    Know vehicle electrical systems, including components such as the battery, starter, and alternator. The battery provides energy to the starter. The alternator provides the battery the energy it requires to power the vehicle. Understand the interplay of these components to resolve malfunctions.

  • Mechanical requirements for vehicles in urban areas

    Know legal requirements that vehicles must meet in order to operate in urban areas. Inspect and maintain components of vehicle subsystems; ensure safety of vehicle, reliability, and driving comfort.

  • Mechanical components of vehicles

    Know the mechanical components used in vehicles and identify and resolve potential malfunctions.

  • Health and safety measures in transportation

    The body of rules, procedures and regulations related to health and safety measures intended to prevent accidents or incidents in transportation.

  • Types of vehicles

    Field of information which distinguishes rental agency classification systems, containing types and classes of vehicles and their functioning and components.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Teamwork principles

    The cooperation between people characterised by a unified commitment to achieving a given goal, participating equally, maintaining open communication, facilitating effective usage of ideas etc.

  • Automotive diagnostic equipment

    The equipment used to examine automotive systems and components.

  • Components of air conditioning systems

    Know the different components that constitute air conditioning systems such as condensers, compressors, evaporators and sensors. Identify and repair/replace malfunctioning components.

  • Emission standards

    Know the legal limitations of the amount of pollutants that can be emitted into the environment.

  • Principles of mechanical engineering

    Understand principles of mechanical engineering, physics, and materials science.

Skills

  • Perform manual work autonomously

    Show the ability to pursue basic manual tasks without the help or assistance of others, not needing supervision or guidance, and taking responsibility for one's actions.

  • Carry out repair of vehicles

    Provide repair for vehicles and routine level checks, such as engine tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation and changes, wheel balancing, replacing filters, repair engine failures; repair mechanical and electrical systems malfunctions; replace parts and components; repair body damage.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Use automotive diagnostic equipment

    Use diagnostic equipment to perform test on motor vehicles, components and systems to detect defects.

  • Diagnose problems with vehicles

    Diagnose issues with vehicles and assess the efforts and costs required to resolve them.

  • Maintain updated professional knowledge

    Regularly attend educational workshops, read professional publications, actively participate in professional societies.

  • Follow control of substances hazardous to health procedures

    Adhere to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) procedures for activities that involve hazardous substances, such as bacteria, allergens, waste oil, paint or brake fluids that result in illness or injury.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Perform technical tasks with great care

    Avoiding possible risks and unwanted outcomes by watching carefully over all parts of a machine, device or vehicle and executing processes of production, maintenance or repair with great care.

  • Maintain work area cleanliness

    Keep the working area and equipment clean and orderly.

  • Think analytically

    Produce thoughts using logic and reasoning in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Use traditional toolbox tools

    Use tools found in a traditional toolbox, such as hammer, plier, screwdriver, and wrench. Observe safety precautions while operating these instruments.

  • Maintain vehicle records

    Maintain vehicle records by accurately recording service operations and repairs.

  • Perform road testing

    Perform road tests with vehicles; ensure that all functions are working safely and correctly; test vehicle in extreme weather and road conditions.

  • Adapt to new technology used in cars

    Adapt to new technology integrated in cars; understand systems operation and provide troubleshooting.

  • Provide customer information related to repairs

    Inform customers about necessary repairs or replacements, discuss products, services and costs, include accurate technical information.

  • Perform vehicle tests

    Test, inspect and maintain vehicles; refresh oil and change tires; balance wheels and replace filters.

  • Position vehicles for maintenance and repair

    Place vehicles in the right position (such as on top of a pneumatic lift) for repair and maintenance tasks. Follow safety procedures.

  • Follow given instructions

    Follow instructions to achieve goals and meet deadlines.

  • Carry out repairs and maintenance of vehicle bodies

    Execute repair and maintenance tasks to damaged vehicle bodies; follow customers' individual requests and instructions.

  • Repair vehicle electrical systems

    Use appropriate tools, machinery, and equipment to solve problems related to components of the electrical system of vehicles, such as the battery, alternator, or starter.

Optional knowledge and skills

have computer literacy perform annual legal safety checks lift heavy weights repair engines maintain professional records maintain customer records maintain electrical engines engine components maintain braking system ensure compliance with warranty contracts carry out repair of motorcycles fix minor vehicle scratches maintain suspension system perform ict troubleshooting adjust tightness of engine parts electrical wiring plans ensure customer focus perform minor vehicle repairs issue sales invoices drive vehicles replace tyres maintain vehicle appearance keep stock records disassemble engines provide customer follow-up services detect malfunctions in engines lubricate engines operation of different engines order supplies maintain motor vehicle steering system types of vehicle engines