Job Profile:      Aerial Installer

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

Job Information

Select Tasks
Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
Estimate costs of vehicle repair.Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.Align vehicles' front ends.Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
Tear down, repair, and rebuild faulty assemblies, such as power systems, steering systems, and linkages.Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, and other potentially troublesome areas.
Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.Maintain cleanliness of work area.Align wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.
Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.Repair and service air conditioning, heating, engine cooling, and electrical systems.
Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.Overhaul or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
Repair or replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, and bearings.Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
Rebuild parts, such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks.Conduct visual inspections of compressed natural gas fuel systems to identify cracks, gouges, abrasions, discoloration, broken fibers, loose brackets, damaged gaskets, or other problems.Diagnose and replace or repair engine management systems or related sensors for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) with ignition timing, fuel rate, alcohol concentration, or air-to-fuel ratio malfunctions.
Repair or rebuild transmissions.Retrofit vehicle fuel systems with aftermarket products, such as vapor transfer devices, evaporation control devices, swirlers, lean burn devices, and friction reduction devices, to enhance combustion and fuel efficiency.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).The ability to see details at a distance.The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions.The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Select Tools
3 pound sledge hammers5 pound sledge hammers5-gas emissions analyzers
Adjustable wrenchesAir chiselsAir compressors
Air conditioner chargersAir drillsAir hammers
Air sandersAir wrenchesAlignment wrenches
Allen wrenchesAlternating current/direct current AC/DC inductive current clampsAlternator testers
AmmetersAngle drillsAntenna socket sets
Anti-lock braking system ABS/air bag scan toolsAntifreeze recovery equipmentAnvils
Auto body dolliesAuto scannersAutomotive on-board diagnostics scanners
AwlsBall joint separatorsBall peen hammers
BandsawsBattery chargersBattery hydrometers
Battery jump startersBattery load testersBattery/alternator testers
Bearing pullersBench lathesBolt cutters
Bore gaugesBorescopesBox end wrenches
Brake bleedersBrake cylinder honesBrake drum lathes
Brake line flaring toolsBrake rotor honesBrake shoe tools
Brake toolsBrass hammersBreaker bars
BuffersButterfly air wrenchesCable cutters
CalipersCapacity testersCarbon scrapers
Catalytic combustion analyzersCenter punchesChain hoists
Chain wrenchesChannel lock pliersCircuit testers
Circular sawsClamp-on multimetersClaw hammers
Clutch holding toolsClutch wrenchesCode readers
Coil testersCold chiselsCombination pliers
Combination wrenchesCombustible gas detectorsCombustion leak detectors
Compression analyzersCompression testersComputerized engine analyzers
Computerized scannersComputerized suspension analyzersContinuity testers
Crescent wrenchesCutting torchesCylinder leakage testers
Deburring toolsDent pullersDesktop computers
Diagnostic code readersDiagonal cutting pliersDial calipers
Dial gaugesDial indicatorsDiesel modulator shift testers
Disc brake pad spreadersDolly blocksDrill bit sets
Drill pressesDwell metersDynamometers
Electric drillsEngine cylinder honesEngine oil pressure testers
Engine standsExhaust analyzersExhaust/tail pipe cutters
External snap ring pliersFeeler gaugesFilter wrenches
Flare nut wrenchesFlaring toolsFlat files
ForkliftsFrame racksFreon recovery equipment
Front end alignment equipmentFuel injection cleanersFuel pressure testers
Gas welding equipmentGasket scrapersGear puller tools
Gear pullersGear wrenchesGraphing scanners
Grease gunsGrinding equipmentHacksaws
HammersHand clampsHand pullers
Handheld computer diagnostic equipmentHeat gunsHex keys
High velocity low pressure HVLP spray gunsHoistsHose cutters
Hydraulic bleed toolsHydraulic pressesHydraulic shop presses
Ignition module testersIgnition testersImpact guns
Impact wrenchesIn-line ignition spark testersInfrared digital thermometers
Infrared thermometersInspection mirrorsInsulated pliers
Internal retaining ring pliersJack standsJacks
Laser levelsLaser photo tachometersLaser printers
Leak detecting diagnostic smoke machinesLeak detection smoke machinesLeak detectors
Light emitting diode LED circuit testersLight emitting diode LED leak detector lightsLocking C-clamps
Locking jaw pliersLocking wrenchesLong nose pliers
Lug wrenchesMagnetic pickup toolsManifold gauge sets
Mechanics' stethoscopesMetal cutting diesMetal cutting taps
Metal inert gas MIG weldersMicrometersMini circuit testers
Modular diagnostic information systemsMultimetersNeedlenose pliers
NibblersNon-contact thermometersNut drivers
Offset brake wrenchesOhmmetersOil filter wrenches
Oil injectorsOil pressure gaugesOpen end wrenches
OscilloscopesOxyacetylene welding equipmentOxygen sensors
Paint sprayersPersonal computersPhillips head screwdrivers
PicksPin punchesPipe wrenches
Plasma cuttersPlastic tip hammersPneumatic chassis lubriguns
Pneumatic drillsPneumatic fluid evacuatorsPneumatic orbital sanders
Pneumatic wrenchesPolishersPortable exhaust analyzers
Power drillsPower grindersPower pullers
Power sandersPower sawsPower washers
Pressure brake bleedersProtective ear muffsProtective gloves
Pry barsPunchesRadiator hose pinchoff pliers
Ratcheting box wrenchesRatcheting gear wrenchesRatchets
Razor knivesReamersReciprocating saws
Refrigerant gas analyzersRefrigerant identifiersRefrigerant leak detectors
Remote starter switchesRevolutions per minute RPM gaugesRivet guns
Riveting toolsRotor/drum brake lathesSafety glasses
Safety shoesSandblastersScan tools
ScrapersScrew extractor setsScrewdrivers
ScribersShearsShielded arc welding tools
Shoe retaining spring toolsSingle-cut mill saw filesSlide hammers
Smoke machinesSocket wrench setsSocket wrenches
Soft face hammersSoldering ironsSpark plug gapping tools
Spark plug socketsSpark plug testersSpoons
Spot welding kitsSteam cleaning equipmentSteering wheel column pivot pin pullers
Stickleback raspsStraight blade screwdriversStrap wrenches
Strobe wheel balancing systems for heavy vehiclesTachometersTape measures
Taper punchesTest lightsTiming lights
Tire changing machinesTire pressure gaugesTongue and groove pliers
Torque wrenchesTorx keysTorx screwdrivers
Transmission jacksTube cuttersTubing benders
Tubing cuttersTwo way radiosUltrasonic diagnostic kits
Utility knivesVacuum gaugesVacuum pumps
Valve seating equipmentVisesVoltmeters
Welding masksWheel alignment machinesWheel balancers
Wheel weight hammersWinchesWire brushes
Wire cuttersWire strippersWorkshop cranes
Workshop presses

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