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Automotive service technicians and mechanics
Description: Automotive mechanics and service technicians repair and service cars, trucks, and vans that have gas engines. Mechanics must be quick and accurate when they are diagnosing mechanical problems. During routine service work, mechanics inspect, adjust, and replace vehicle parts. They usually follow a checklist to make sure they examine parts that might cause a future breakdown. Some mechanics are self-employed.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
Salary: $23,001 to $28,000 per year


There are 17 math topics Automotive service technicians and mechanics need to know.
Basic Math / Algebra
Ratio and Proportion
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Measurement Conversion
Powers and Roots
Basic Problem Solving
First-Year Algebra
Using Formulas
Linear Equations
Basic Terminology
Angle Measurement
Other Topics
Basic Calculator Use
Mental Math
Inductive/Deductive Reasoning