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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7535 Occupation: Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Workers in this group install replacement automotive mechanical parts such as mufflers, exhaust pipes, shock absorbers, springs and radiators and perform routine maintenance service such as oil changes, lubrication and tire repairs on automobiles, trucks and heavy equipment. They are employed by automobile and truck service and repair shops, service departments of industrial establishments and construction, mining and logging companies. Workers in this group install replacement automotive mechanical parts such as mufflers, exhaust pipes, shock absorbers, springs and radiators and perform routine maintenance service such as oil changes, lubrication and tire repairs on automobiles, trucks and heavy equipment. They are employed by automobile and truck service and repair shops, service departments of industrial establishments and construction, mining and logging companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2


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Reading
  • Read short text entries in forms, e.g. read comments on vehicle inspection sheets to learn which components to inspect. (1)
  • Read brief notes from co-workers, e.g. read brief notes to learn about events that happened during other shifts. (1)
  • Read bulletins and memos, e.g. read technical service bulletins to learn how to complete warranty repairs. (2)
  • Read safety-related materials, e.g. read instruction on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn how to store solvents used to clean parts. (2)
  • Read instruction manuals on the use of computerized tools and equipment, e.g. read user manuals to learn how to operate hand-held diagnostic equipment. (3)
  • Read vehicle repair and maintenance manuals, e.g. repair instructions found online and on CD-ROM to learn how to service vehicles. (3)
  • Read magazine and website articles to stay current on industry trends and broaden your knowledge of the automobile service industry. (3)
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Writing
  • Write short notes, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to explain the work that remains on vehicle repairs. (1)
  • Write short comments on forms, such as work orders and inspection sheets, e.g. note missing hubcaps and scratched bodywork on inspection forms. (1)
  • Write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read product labels to locate identification numbers, sizes and capacities. (1)
  • Observe hazard and safety icons, e.g. scan icons affixed to products, such as engine degreasers, to learn about their toxic properties. (1)
  • Locate data in a variety of tables, e.g. locate data, such as sizes, classifications, identification numbers and quantities, in specification tables. (2)
  • Complete cost estimate and inspection forms by inserting data, such as part numbers, dates and quantities and by checking off items. (2)
  • Interpret flowcharts, e.g. interpret a multi-step flowchart to learn how to troubleshoot a faulty electrical system. (2)
  • Interpret technical drawings, e.g. scan exhaust system assembly drawings to determine the correct order of installation and wiring diagrams to locate fuses, circuits and other electrical components. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use point-of-sales equipment to complete customer purchases of repairs and services. (1)
  • Use personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use databases to access job assignments, input information on new jobs and complete work orders. (2)
  • Use diagnostic equipment, such as dynamometers and gas analyzers, to determine operational data, such as horsepower, torque, pressure readings and air-to-fuel ratios. (2)
  • Use computerized equipment, such as wheel alignment machines, to complete repairs. (2)
  • Use browsers and search engines to access trade-related articles to stay current on industry trends and practices. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by suppliers, employers and sector councils, e.g. learn about preventative maintenance service by accessing videos, learning guides and exams delivered over the Internet by the Canadian Automotive and Repair Sector (CARS) Council. (2)
  • Use diagnostic scan tools and other hand-held devices to access data from vehicles’ onboard sensors. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak to parts people and suppliers to order parts and establish delivery times. (1)
  • Leave messages for clients about questions or details pertaining to a repair job or to inform about work completed. (1)
  • Listen to announcements on public address systems. (1)
  • Speak with co-workers to co-ordinate use of equipment, such as hoists and tire machines. (1)
  • Comment on safe operating procedures at safety meetings. (2)
  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss new products, workplace safety and how to improve work processes. (2)
  • Speak with co-workers to learn how to carry out complex repairs. (2)
  • Talk to customers about repairs and explain maintenance requirements. (2)
  • Exchange technical repair information, e.g. explain complex repair procedures to junior workers and discuss vehicle repair outcomes with licensed tradespersons. (3)
  • Lead and facilitate meetings with team members on topics such as work accidents, changes to safety procedures, scheduling and training for new equipment. (3)
  • Speak to customers and clients to explain repairs, services and installation work completed. (3)
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Money Math
  • Receive cash, credit and debit card payments from customers and make change. (1)
  • Prepare repair quotes and invoices. Calculate labour charges by multiplying hours worked by labour rates, adding amounts for parts and materials, and calculating applicable taxes. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of readings, e.g. measure and understand energy readings using computerized scan tools. (1)
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools, e.g. measure the length of exhaust pipes, belts and hoses using tape measures. (1)
  • Calculate amounts, e.g. use ratios to calculate glycol and water mixtures. (2)
  • Take precise measurements using specialized tools, e.g. use calipers and micrometers to measure the thickness of brake pads. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the length of time needed to complete repairs. (1)
  • Estimate the useful life remaining for parts, such as tires, brakes and belts. (2)
  • Estimate the cost of repairs. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Automotive mechanical installers and servicers receive their work orders from managers. Their pace of work is determined by the number of customers who have brought their cars to the shop and the complexity of the repairs required. They follow a similar routine of repairs and inspections each day, following established procedures. The workday may be disrupted by rush jobs or requests from co-workers for assistance, but interruptions are generally of short duration. Since these workers may be working on several tune-ups and inspections at the same time, they exercise care so that they do not get work orders mixed up. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which of several repair methods is most appropriate for mending a tire. (1)
  • Decide which parts can be used again and which should be scrapped. (1)
  • Decide whether a part is safe enough to pass a safety inspection. (2)
  • Decide when not to go ahead with a request on a work order, e.g. note that a customer has requested a wheel balance to correct a shimmy but you see a defective tread on the front tire that is likely the cause of the problem. (2)
  • Decide which tools to use in order to minimize the chance of damaging a part. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter delays due to shortages of parts and materials. Order the parts and notify the customers that there will be an additional wait. (1)
  • Find that work is delayed due to equipment breakdown. Inform service managers about the breakdowns and perform other tasks until the necessary repairs are done. (2)
  • Vehicles cannot be repaired because specifications and instructions are unavailable. Consult service managers, customers, co-workers, suppliers and colleagues for advice. (2)
  • Find during a routine maintenance check that additional repairs need to be made, such as the replacement of worn brake drums. Unanticipated tasks disrupt the work schedule and you may have to reschedule some jobs to another day. (2)
  • There is a problem with an electrical circuit which defies analysis with the diagnostic equipment in the shop. Use trial and error to determine the cause of the circuit malfunction. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find information on stickers, labels, assembly drawings, repair manuals and websites to determine proper use, application and installation of parts and supplies. (1)
  • Talk to suppliers to find out whether specific parts are available. (1)
  • Review displays on computerized scanning equipment, onboard vehicle sensors and hand-held diagnostic tools to gain operational information about vehicles. (2)
  • Locate information about mechanical faults by reviewing work orders, completing test drives and physical inspections, using scan tools and by speaking with customers and co-workers. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Judge the accuracy of readings taken using tools, such as pressure gauges. Compare readings to other indicators to determine their accuracy. (1)
  • Evaluate the severity of vehicle defects and deficiencies. Consider information collected from customers, criteria, such as specifications and the results of physical inspections. (2)
  • Judge the condition of parts, e.g. evaluate the condition of tires and suspension systems by seeking indicators of excessive wear and damage. (2)
  • Evaluate the quality of the repairs. Consider the results of test drives and feedback provided by supervisors, such as licensed automotive service technicians. (2)
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