MCC Campus: MCC-Longview
Contacts: David Patience - Automotive Department Coordinator/Ford ASSET Instructor, 816.604.2064
Bryan Compton - General Motors ASEP Instructor, 816.604.2286
Terri Kelley - Automotive Program Specialist, 816.604.2215
Job Preparation: Student Employment Services;
Project Hire - job bank
Automotive technicians repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master
technicians inspect, test, diagnose, repair and or replace virtually any part on the
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.