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You might hire a mechanic to:

  • Inspect, test, and maintain vehicles
  • Perform preventive maintenance, including oil changes, engine tune-ups, tire rotations and changes, wheel balancing, and filter replacement

  • Carefully listen to operator complaints — diagnosing issues, pinpointing malfunctions (mechanical, electrical, or otherwise), replacing components, and performing repairs

  • Create itemized work estimates and documentation

  • Manage stock inventory, placing re-orders and verifying receipt

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent
Degree or vocational/trade school certification
Proven mechanical expertise and basic math skills
Qualifications relevant to country of employment, such as ASE certification
Proven experience with mechanics tools, service, and diagnostic equipment
Problem-solving skills
Patience in communicating with clients and excellent customer service skills
A willingness to work as a part of a team