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You might hire a mechanic to:

  • Inspect and test vehicles and conduct preventive maintenance, including oil change, engine tune-up, tire rotation and change, wheel balancing, and filter replacement
  • Listen carefully to operator complaints, conduct inspections, diagnose issues, repair mechanical and electrical system malfunctions, replace parts and components, and repair body damage

  • 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, vocational/trade school certification, or equivalent
Proven mechanical expertise and basic math skills
Qualifications relevant to country of employment, such as ASE certification
Experience using mechanic tools and diagnostic equipment
Problem-solving skills
Excellent communication and customer-service skills
A willingness to work as a part of a team