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What are your main responsibilities as a mechanic? What do you like most about your work as a master mechanic? What kinds of problems do you deal with? What kinds of decisions do you make? What do you like least about your work?

I am in job training at a Job Corps Center. I want to become a master mechanic someday; this is my first step.

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Jim’s Answer

My main responsibilities as a master mechanic was to make rounds every morning, if there was no emergency problems to take care of. It included going around and seeing if there was any leaks, loose belts, noisier that normal machines, product running within specs, oil levels correct, and equipment running within normal temperature ranges. Usually at our plant we had a shutdown on a line every week. Sometimes on the shutdown I would be aligning a pump or fan to a motor, balancing a fan. Other times it would be replacing a motor or repacking a pump.

Some of the problems to deal with would be troubleshooting the equipment to decide what the problem is. Thats where I started to get involved with vibration analysis to better see exactly what was going on, and if the machine was unbalanced, misaligned, defective bearings, etc.
This is one place where decisions come into play, you would have to decide what course of action would be involved. It may be a total rebuild, or only replacement of the outboard bearings, or it may require a motor current analysis to confirm the problem.

What I liked least about the job, was trying to convince if corrective maintenance was not done soon, the cost to repair later would be much more costly, in both $ and time. A few major failures and they usually start to listen.
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Herbert’s Answer

Allen, I commend for wanting to become a master mechanic. It's not just a job; it can be a fulfilling career that can support you and your family today and in the future.

Master truck/automotive mechanics are responsible for various tasks, from general repairs like oil and chassis lubrication to engine rebuilds. They also perform preventive maintenance where they identify and repair faults before they become significant issues.

What I most enjoyed about being a mechanic was solving problems with my hands. It a fantastic feeling and sense of accomplishment to take something that's broken, fit it, and watch it move.

What I least like about my job is paperwork, but since you cannot get paid without it, I get it done.

Herbert recommends the following next steps:

try to find a job
ASE certifications
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