Profession vehicle technician

Vehicle technicians inspect, test and maintain vehicles, motorcycles, engine tune-ups and tyre replacements. They repair engine failures, lube replacements. Vehicle technicians replace vehicle components and evaluate warranty options.  

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Automotive diagnostic equipment

    The equipment used to examine automotive systems and components.

  • Types of vehicles

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

  • 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.

  • Mechanical components of vehicles

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Principles of mechanical engineering

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

  • Emission standards

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Car controls

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • Think analytically

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

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • 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.

  • Use automotive diagnostic equipment

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

  • Follow quality standards

    Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.

  • Maintain work area cleanliness

    Keep the working area and equipment clean and orderly.

  • Maintain vehicle records

    Maintain vehicle records by accurately recording service operations and repairs.

  • Adapt to new technology used in cars

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

  • 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.

  • Follow given instructions

    Follow instructions to achieve goals and meet deadlines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carry out repairs and maintenance of vehicle bodies

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

  • Apply health and safety standards

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

  • 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.

  • Identify customer's needs

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

  • Provide customer information related to repairs

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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