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AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIANS AND MECHANICS
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Occupation Description:
 
  Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles. Excludes “Automotive Body and Related Repairers" (49-3021), "Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists" (49-3031), and "Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles" (49-2096).
 
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  Specialized Occupations:
 
 
  * Automotive Master Mechanics (ONET code: 49-3023.01)
 
   Automotive Specialty Technicians (ONET code: 49-3023.02)
 
 
  Occupation Description:
 
  Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
 
 
  Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Conduct visual inspections of compressed natural gas fuel systems to identify cracks, gouges, abrasions, discoloration, broken fibers, loose brackets, damaged gaskets, or other problems.
  • Diagnose and repair regenerative braking systems or hydraulic systems in hybrid vehicles.
  • Diagnose and replace or repair engine management systems or related sensors for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) with ignition timing, fuel rate, alcohol concentration, or air-to-fuel ratio malfunctions.
  • Inspect propane or natural gas high-pressure tanks, piping, or pressure regulators.
  • Replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric-powered systems, such as power steering pumps or air conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.
  • Retrofit vehicle fuel systems with aftermarket products, such as vapor transfer devices, evaporation control devices, swirlers, lean burn devices, or friction reduction devices, to enhance combustion and fuel efficiency.
 
 
  Skills:
 
 
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools..
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it..
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one..
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed..
 
 
  Knowledge:
 
 
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months)
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $50,049.00 $24.06 $24.99 $14.00 - $30.34
Bridgeport/Stamford $56,203.00 $27.02 $27.59 $14.84 - $34.04
Danbury $43,251.00 $20.79 $22.60 $14.71 - $27.28
Hartford $50,284.00 $24.18 $25.37 $13.74 - $30.45
New Haven $49,190.00 $23.65 $23.89 $13.63 - $29.26
New London/Norwich $45,929.00 $22.08 $23.36 $14.35 - $28.42
Waterbury $51,224.00 $24.63 $24.71 $14.40 - $30.01
Torrington $48,485.00 $23.31 $24.18 $13.61 - $28.79
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 9,680 9,960 0.2% 931
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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