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18,684 Mechanic Jobs Nationwide

Mechanics are most familiar to the public as auto-repair specialists, but mechanics may also work on heavy equipment and large diesel engine vehicles. Some mechanics are trained in computer diagnostic testing of faulty vehicle systems while others may be certified to work on brake systems, repair engines or work on a vehicle's electrical system.

Skill Set:

On the job, mechanics will use their mathematical knowledge to properly measure parts, select the right tools, and make adjustments. Customer service skills can also be important, as some mechanics may be required to speak to customers about repairs, warranties and other services. In some repair shops, a mechanic may also have to fill out various paperwork and order forms for replacement parts.


Most mechanics have several certifications in specific areas of vehicle repair. Two and four degrees in automotive repair are also available. A strong background in mathematics, including algebra, geometry and calculus, is common. Some knowledge of physics and chemistry can also be helpful.

Career Path:

Individual interested in this career should begin researching vocational schools and community colleges, which typically offer basic training for entry level positions in automotive repair.

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