David Patience – Automotive Department Coordinator/Ford ASSET Instructor, 816.604.2064
Terri Kelley – Automotive Program Specialist, 816.604.2215
Automotive technicians repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master technicians inspect, test, diagnose, repair and or replace virtually any part on the vehicle.
Base salary and job outlook
- Median wages (2013) $36,710 per year, $17.65 per hour
- Employment (2013) 701,000
- Projected growth (2012 – 2022) 8 - 14% (about as fast as average)
- Projected need (2012 – 2022) 237,600
- Test drive vehicles, and test components and systems, using equipment such as computerized diagnostic equipment, infrared engine analyzers, and compression gauges.
- Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
- Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems, and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.
- Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, fluid level checks and component inspections.
- Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, exhaust systems and other potentially troublesome areas.
- Repair and service vehicle systems including engines, transmissions, differentials, drive lines, air-conditioning systems, electrical/electronic systems, engine fuel, ignition and emissions systems.
- Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
- Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
- Inspect, diagnose and repair or replace components.