ERIC Number: ED051382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Job Characteristics of Automotive Mechanics In Selected Iowa Dealerships and Garages.
Drost, Jim L.
A study was conducted in the field of auto mechanics under a research grant from the Vocational Education Branch of the Iowa Department of Public Instruction to provide data necessary for future curriculum planning. Objectives included the analysis of the automotive repair field to determine jobs performed, the time spent in major areas, level of training expected, skills and competencies needed, and personal characteristics of mechanics. Thirty-four employees of franchised dealers and six representing the independent repair shops in the state of Iowa were surveyed by personal interviews. Personal data sheets were completed by the 242 automotive service personnel employed in the 40 shops. A 5-point rating scale was used to evaluate the data which is presented in tabular form. The findings indicate that 43 out of the 51 items listed under technical knowledge rated desirable or above, 63 percent of the service managers wanted to hire postsecondary trained mechanics, and of the major divisions, 27 percent of the work was devoted to engine work. It is recommended that this study e utilized in revising programs, and that early education and counseling be provided. (GEB)
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Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.