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Performs advanced manual and limited supervisory work at the journeyman level in the operation of an automotive repair unit.

Work involves supervising and participating in the work of an automotive repair unit that is responsible for the inspection, repair, replacement, and servicing of university trucks, buses, cars, and farm and construction equipment. Assignments are received from and reviewed by the shop foreman. Individual exercises considerable independence while following previously established guidelines.


Assigns and may supervise the work of automotive mechanics and other shop personnel.

Provides assistance and diagnoses complex repair problems.

Performs general overhaul and repair of automobiles, trucks transit buses, and other automotive 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 electronic testing equipment.

Inspects, repairs, overhauls, and assembles automotive electrical equipment such as generators, distributors, and starters.

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

Obtains, issues, and charges out automotive repair parts.

High school diploma or GED; 4 years of experience in the trade which may include an apprenticeship and/or applicable vocational training and should include some experience as a journeyman automotive mechanic; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

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

Considerable knowledge of the operating principles of gasoline and diesel engines, and of mechanical repair of trucks and construction equipment.

Considerable 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.

Ability to instruct and supervise the work of subordinates.

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



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