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Automobile Mechanics

Automobile Mechanics

Automobile Mechanics


Main Topic: GI. Science
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society

Overview: Automotive service technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions. Identify problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment. Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience. Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly. The following are examples of Mechanics job titles:

Automotive air-conditioning technicians install and repair air-conditioners and parts, such as compressors, condensers, and controls. These workers must be trained and certified in handling refrigerants.

Brake technicians diagnose brake system problems, adjust brakes, replace brake rotors and pads, and make other repairs on brake systems. Some technicians specialize in both brake and front-end work. Front-end technicians diagnose ride, handling, and tire wear problems. To correct these problems, they frequently use special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.

Drivability technicians, also known as diagnostic technicians, use their extensive knowledge of engine management and fuel, electrical, ignition, and emissions systems to diagnose issues that prevent engines from performing efficiently. They often use the onboard diagnostic system of a car and electronic testing equipment such as scan tools and multi-meters to find the malfunction.

Mechanics or Automotive Service Technicians need geographic skills for various reasons. One of the most prominent one being the use of web-GIS to provide map services and also to gather spatial data to provide efficient and effective services to the clients. This technology could allow the customers to place queries, quick search positioning of the mechanics, enquire about services, send location based emergency alerts and help the customer or the mechanic to navigate by using the least-cost paths for the mechanics and create an overall online spatial presence for the mechanic. It also provides an effective method to exchange geographic information between the customer and service point. Maps could be used to provide the detailed information about the scope of the services provided by the mechanic.

Geographers at work:  Geographic Information Scientists, Cartographers

Recommended College Courses:  Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, Advanced GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartography

Skills:  Mapping and modelling, geographic information systems, computer and database systems, spatial analysis, map reading and interpretation

Occupation Group: Installation, Maintenance and Repair

Learn more about Mechanics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm#tab-1

Written by Binay Thapa


Automotive service technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.
Automotive service technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.