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Performs manual work at the journeyman level in the maintenance and repair of automotive and related equipment. Work involves performance of skilled tasks in the mechanical repair and maintenance of automobiles, trucks, buses, tractors, mowers, and other vehicular equipment in accordance with standard trade practices. Works under general supervision using independent judgment as to methods of repair after receiving instructions or work orders. A supervisor may check work during repair or test run equipment after work is completed.


Performs general overhaul and repair work on automobiles, buses, mowers, trucks, tractors, hay balers, and other automotive mechanical equipment.

Inspects, adjusts, and replaces defective parts including valves, pistons, and bearings; repairs cooling, fuel, and exhaust systems.

Repairs and overhauls brakes, ignition systems, transmissions, differentials, front and rear axle assemblies; repairs and installs hydraulic controls; tunes motors using standard testing equipment.

May inspect, repair, overhaul, and assemble automotive electric equipment such as generators, distributors, and starters.

Uses mechanical hand and power driver tools and equipment such as grinders, sanders, drill presses, lathes, testing and welding equipment, and other shop tools and equipment.

Completes paperwork and records for repairs, and purchases needed parts for the shop.

High school diploma or GED; 2 years of experience in the trade which may include an apprenticeship and/or applicable vocational training, or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and techniques used in the repair of automotive equipment.

Knowledge of the operating principles of gasoline engines, and of mechanical repair of trucks and construction equipment.

Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Ability to diagnose defects in automotive equipment and make necessary repairs.

Ability to interpret and work from sketches and pencil diagrams.

Skill in the use and the operation of tools and machinery used in automotive repair work.



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