Automotive Mechanic (Automotive Machinist)

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    AUTO GLASS AND SERVICE GLAZIER BUS
    AUTO REFINISHER TECHNICIAN GARAGE MECHANIC
    AUTOMOTIVE BODY TECHNICIAN HEAVY DUTY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC
    AUTOMOTIVE MACHINIST HEAVY DUTY EQUIPMENT REPAIRMAN
    AUTOMOTIVE MACHINIST (AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP) HEAVY DUTY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN
    AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC (AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOPS) HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC REPAIRMAN
    AUTOMOTIVE PARTS TECHNICIAN HEAVY DUTY REPAIRER
    AUTOMOTIVE PARTSMAN MACHINIST AUTOMOTIVE (MACHINE SHOPS)
    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN SCHOOL BUS MECHANIC
    BODY REPAIR TRAILER
      CONTAINER AND VAN REPAIR MECHANIC
    The Work

    Automotive machinists repair cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, all two or four-cycle engines (air or liquid-cooled) and all other work associated with automotive mechanics, including brakes, chassis, clutch, transmission, drive lines, rear-axle assembly and all phases of engine repair. They also work on electrical systems, cooling systems, smog controls, fuel systems, and exhaust systems. Machine shop automotive machinists do crankshaft grinding, cylinder boring, bench work, machine tool maintenance, engine reconditioning and automatic unit rebuilding. Other work processes cover auto body repair, auto painter, fork lift mechanic, and heavy-duty equipment mechanic. Other automotive apprenticeships are more specific towards their area of interest, such as parts technician, auto body repair and diesel mechanic.

    Working Conditions

    Most work is done indoors in automobile, truck or bus repair facilities or in machine shops. The work requires both upper body strength and fine motor skills. There is significant bending and squatting in some of the repair work.

    The Apprenticeship

    This program, depending upon trade, consists of 4,000-8,000 hours (two to four years) of on-the-job training. Additionally, apprentices must complete 144-201 hours of classroom training each year.

    Apprenticeship Entry Requirements
    • At least 18 years old.
    • High school graduate or GED.
    • Prefer six months schooling or work experience in this field.

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