ATL Labor Market Information

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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Standard Occupational Classification: 49-3023.00

Job Description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

Sample of reported job titles:

  •  Automotive Drivability Technician (Auto Drivability Tech)
  • Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic)
  • Automotive Service Technician (Auto Service Tech)
  • Automotive Technician (Auto Tech)
  • Diagnostic Technician (Diagnostic Tech)
  • Heavy Line Technician (Heavy Line Tech)
  • Lube Tech (Lubrication Technician)
  • Mechanic
  • Quick Service Technician (Quick Service Tech)
  • Service Technician (Service Tech)

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

Standard Occupational Classification: 49-3031.00

Job Description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

Sample of reported job titles: 

  • Bus Mechanic
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diesel Technician (Diesel Tech)
  • Fleet Mechanic
  • General Repair Mechanic
  • Heavy Truck Mechanic
  • Service Technician
  • Trailer Mechanic
  • Transit Mechanic
  • Truck Mechanic

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

Standard Occupational Classification: 49-3042.00

Job Description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and mining.

Sample of reported job titles: 

  • Construction Equipment Mechanic
  • Equipment Mechanic
  • Equipment Technician
  • Field Mechanic
  • Field Service Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic


  • Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.

  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.

  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.

  • Use handtools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, pressure gauges, or precision instruments, as well as power tools, such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding equipment, or jacks and hoists.

  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.

Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft.

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft.


  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

  • Operations Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.