Mechanics, also known as auto service technicians, use diagnostic equipment to pinpoint mechanical problems, make sure systems and components are working correctly, perform maintenance on vehicles, and inform customers of what repairs were done. Mechanics can also focus on a specific aspect of repair, including air conditioning systems and brakes.
Mechanics should be up-to-date on the latest automotive technology to take proper care of different types of transmissions, accident-prevention systems, engines and electronic systems. It's also good for a mechanic to be knowledgeable about vehicles that run on alternative fuels, such as electricity and ethanol.
Auto service technicians are also expected to know how to use different tools, such as welding torches, pneumatic wrenches, hoists and jacks. Traditional tools often used in an auto garage include pliers, sockets, wrenches and ratchets. It's common for more experienced mechanics to have their very own tools in addition to the tools provided by their employers.
Besides auto repair garages, mechanics also work at dealerships, tire stores, gas stations and government facilities. A mechanic works full time for private companies, but there are also some who are self-employed. Due to the nature of the work, mechanics experience a higher rate of workplace illnesses and injuries when compared with other industries, making it essential for them to adhere to workplace safety practices and procedures.