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Automotive Service Technician/Mechanic III


Automotive master mechanic.  Perform maintenance and repairs on automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles.  Repair virtually any part on the vehicle.  Responsible for removing, installing, diagnosing, repairing, disassembling, and assembling parts, components, and engines.  Perform all duties according to safety procedures.  Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.  Rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Perform a variety of complicated tasks.  Exercise a wide degree of creativity and latitude.  Work under general supervision.  Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager.  Direct, lead, and/or coordinate the work of others.  May directly supervise others.  Spend less than 80% of work time on supervisory, managerial, or leadership duties.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Direct, lead, and/or coordinate the work of others
  • May directly supervise others
  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices
  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes
  • Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, and other potentially troublesome areas
  • 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, lubrications, and tune-ups
  • Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers’ performance specifications
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors
  • Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience
  • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges
  • Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels
  • Repair manual and automatic transmissions
  • Install and repair accessories, such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers
  • Maintain cleanliness of work area
  • Repair or replace shock absorbers
  • Replace and adjust headlights
  • Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps
  • Align vehicles’ front ends
  • Repair radiator leaks
  • Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks
  • Repair damaged automobile bodies
  • Perform other duties, as directed

Education and Experience

  • A high school diploma (or equivalent), completion of an apprenticeship and/or formal training course, and at least four (4) years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

  • Florida Class E operator (driver) license
  • Certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as a Master Mechanic


  • Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager
  • Work under general supervision
  • Direct, lead, and/or coordinate the work of others
  • May directly supervise
  • Spend less than 80% of work time on supervisory, managerial, or leadership duties

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