Automobile Mechanics

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Automobile Mechanics

Automobile Mechanics - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, automobile mechanics:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the work done by other workers.
  • Are responsible for the safety of customers and coworkers.
  • Have a medium level of social contact. They work mostly with tools and cars but also interact frequently with customers.
  • Communicate daily by telephone and in person.
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  • May work as part of a team of technicians and mechanics.
  • Are sometimes placed in conflict situations where customers may be unpleasant or rude.

Physical Work Conditions

  • May work indoors or outdoors, but more commonly work indoors.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous situations, conditions, and equipment that result in cuts, bruises, or minor burns.
  • Work inside enclosed vehicles, such as trucks, cars, and vans. Often work in cramped work spaces underneath vehicles that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Regularly wear protective gear, such as goggles or earplugs.
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  • Are exposed to contaminants, such as antifreeze and chemical degreasers, on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable on a daily basis.
  • Are sometimes exposed to inadequate lighting conditions.
  • May sometimes work in cold or hot temperatures, depending on the work locale.
  • May work near others, such as when sharing the same space in a garage.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cause serious injury to themselves or other workers.
  • Make decisions that strongly impact clients and their company's reputation on regular basis. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding the correct repairs.
  • Must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines. Customers want their vehicles returned as quickly as possible.
  • Determine some of their daily tasks and goals on their own, but often consult a superior first.
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  • May repeat the same physical activities.


  • Usually work a standard 40-hour week.
  • May work evenings and weekends if employed in a shop with extended hours.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.