Auto Mechanic

In 1962, the United States introduced an embargo against Cuba, effectively closing the door on trade between the two countries. Cut off from a major link in the auto industry, the people of Cuba turned to their innovative ambition and ingenuity in order to keep their cars running. Today, classic cars or "yank tanks" are a symbol of Cuba as the people have tinkered away with their old 1957 Chevrolets, 1953 Fords and 1958 Dodges to create their own unique and fully adaptable auto industry.

Auto Mechanics

Auto Mechanic

Automotive service technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisor
  • Inspect motor in operation, road test motor vehicle, and test automotive systems and components using computerized diagnostic and other testing devices to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Help adjust, repair or replace parts and components of automotive systems including fuel system, brakes, steering and suspension, engine and drive train, emission control and exhaust, cooling and climate control, and electrical and electronic systems using hand tools and other specialized automotive repair equipment
  • Learn how to test and adjust repaired systems to manufacturer's performance specifications
  • Perform scheduled maintenance service, such as oil changes, lubrications and tune ups
  • Observe how to advise customers on work performed, general vehicle condition and future repair requirements

Mechanical repairers, motor vehicle manufacturing, perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Become familiar with how to inspect and test mechanical units, such as engines, transmissions, axles and brake systems, to locate faults and malfunctions
  • Learn how to diagnose faults or malfunctions and confirm findings with supervisor to determine whether to repair or replace unit
  • Observe how to repair or replace mechanical units or components using hand and power tools
  • Test and adjust units to specifications for proper performance
  • Complete reports to record problems and work performed

Truck and transport and truck-trailer mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Learn how to adjust, repair or replace parts and components of commercial transport truck systems including chassis, frame, cab, body, engine and drive train, air brakes, steering, and fuel, hydraulic, electrical and electronic systems
  • Help adjust, repair or replace parts and components of truck-trailer systems including structural, brake and electrical systems

Workers in this unit group may specialize in the following areas: engine and fuel systems, transmission systems, air conditioning, cooling and heating systems, steering, alignment, brakes, drive lines, suspension, electrical and electronic systems, truck-trailer repair or diagnostic services.