Occupation Summary

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

O*NET 49-3023.00


Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 14.18%.
Education Level:
High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate). According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Business and Industry

No job tasks found.

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National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics employed Annual Growth Rate
Automobile dealers 31.5 1.13
Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores 8.9 -0.18

Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $21.28
2018 National average hourly wage $21.02
2016 National employment 749,900
2016 Texas employment 54,144
Texas projected employment by 2026 61,823
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 6,096

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

No work activities found.
Other Activities

  • Adjust clearances of mechanical or electrical components or parts
  • Adjust clearances of vehicle body parts or components
  • Align vehicle frame
  • Analyze effectiveness of safety systems or procedures
  • Assemble gear systems
  • Assemble/Disassemble manufactured products by hand
  • Assemble/Dismantle equipment or machinery
  • Calculate heating and cooling load
  • Conduct tests to locate mechanical system malfunction
  • Design transmission equipment
  • Determine dimensions or characteristics using measuring devices
  • Determine installation, service, or repair needed
  • Determine replacement part required
  • Determine voltage, amperage, or resistance
  • Diagnose electrical or electronic systems or equipment
  • Diagnose engine problems using diagnostic equipment
  • Diagnose malfunctioning vehicle systems based on inspection or test results
  • Diagnose mechanical problems in machinery or equipment
  • Diagnose refrigeration problems
  • Dispose of hazardous materials and waste
  • Drive automobile, van, or light truck
  • Drive truck with capacity greater than 3 tons
  • Estimate project costs
  • Fabricate manufactured products by hand
  • Follow safety procedures and regulations
  • Identify base metals for welding
  • Identify properties of metals for repair or fabrication activities
  • Inspect machinery or equipment to determine damage, defects, adjustments, repairs, and suitability for use
  • Inspect vehicle body to determine extent of damages and repairs needed
  • Inspect vehicle to detect malfunctions or maintenance needed
  • Install brakes on vehicles
  • Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
  • Install electronics manufacturing equipment
  • Install vehicle accessories
  • Instruct customers in product installation, use, or repair
  • Interpret information from blueprints, diagrams, schematics, or technical drawings
  • Lubricate machinery, equipment, or parts
  • Maintain cargo or passenger vehicle
  • Maintain equipment service records
  • Maintain repair records
  • Maintain welding machines or equipment
  • Maintain work tools or equipment
  • Monitor repairs or maintenance to enforce standards
  • Move heavy objects
  • Obtain information from clients, customers, or patients
  • Obtain land survey data using surveying instruments
  • Operate electronic calibration devices
  • Operate engine emission testing equipment
  • Operate hand or power tools
  • Operate hoist, winch, or hydraulic boom
  • Operate lathes in accordance with safety regulations
  • Operate mounted hydraulic lifts
  • Operate pneumatic tools
  • Operate variety of machine tools
  • Operate vehicle engine electrical systems test equipment
  • Overhaul major vehicle systems such as engines or transmissions
  • Perform combination welding or cutting procedures
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform preventative maintenance on manufacturing equipment
  • Perform safety inspection
  • Perform varied measurements including precision measurements
  • Plan work schedules
  • Prime/Paint vehicle or transportation equipment surfaces
  • Read technical, operating, service, or repair manuals or publications
  • Repair cargo or passenger vehicle
  • Repair commercial transportation equipment
  • Repair defective or damaged tires
  • Repair electrical wiring, circuits, fixtures, or equipment
  • Repair malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
  • Repair measuring or control devices
  • Repair mechanical controls
  • Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
  • Replace electrical wiring, circuits, fixtures, or equipment
  • Replace electronic components
  • Replace malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
  • Review codes and specifications
  • Review work orders
  • Select welding filler rod type
  • Service batteries or transformers with specified fluids
  • Service vehicle with water, air, fuel, or oil
  • Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
  • Set-up variety of machine tools
  • Solder metal parts, piping, or components
  • Stock goods for inventory
  • Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
  • Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
  • Test mechanical products or equipment
  • Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
  • Test operation of vehicles before or after repair
  • Test vehicle computer processors to detect malfunctions
  • Weld metal parts and components
  • Weld metal structures
  • Write vehicle damage repair estimates

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Sources of Additional Information
  • For more details about work opportunities, contact local automobile dealers and repair shops or local offices of the state employment service. The state employment service also may have information about training programs.
  • For information about careers, education, and training programs, visit: Automotive Youth Educational Systems
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
  • For information about certification, visit: National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
  • Automotive Master Mechanics
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
  • Automotive Specialty Technicians

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.