MBTI® Test ISTP Automotive Master Mechanics

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Investigative (RI)

Being intimately familiar with your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type can help you find a career that will leave you fulfilled, while also giving you direction in choosing the right career that plays to your strengths and personality preferences. Hammer (1996) remarks that Myers-Briggs test ISTP personality types perform particularly well in careers that allow them to apply technical or scientific expertise to specific problems in order to achieve specific outcomes. This among other personality characteristics and preferences often make MBTI test ISTP’s well suited as automotive master mechanics.

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Automotive master mechanics are responsible for identifying and resolving specific issues with automotive vehicles. Unlike mechanics, who service vehicles more generally, automotive master mechanics have a specialized focus on one particular component, such as air conditioning, brakes, or a radiator. When faced with a problematic vehicle, automotive master mechanics first conduct a careful inspection of the vehicle to identify the necessary repairs that must be made and to estimate their cost. This inspection may include testing the various components using electronic testing equipment, tuning the automobile to ensure proper functioning, or otherwise trying to isolate and identify the severity of a problem. In some cases, technicians may find it necessary to repair defective fuel injectors or carburetor parts, or to replace other automotive systems.

In order to be able to complete their jobs effectively, automotive master mechanics need to have developed a mastery of basic technological devices, including smart phones, laptop computers, and cameras. They also need to be able to use a variety of specialty tools like pneumatic impact wrenches and vacuum equipment, pullers, voltage and current meters, and other automotive or engineering tools. In addition, they need to be able to use database and reporting software to catalogue their actions carefully. As with any career these days, an ability to use Microsoft Office and basic email software like Gmail is absolutely essential.

Automotive master mechanics need an understanding of engineering and technology, mathematics, and mechanical tools and principles. Furthermore, a basic use of the English language is necessary to be able to communicate with clients, co-workers, and supervisors alike. Most automotive master mechanics develop these skills on-the-job, and often learn by serving as apprentices below more experienced technicians. As they become more experienced themselves, they eventually pass down their craft to apprentices as well.

Below find employment trends for Automotive Master Mechanics:

  • Median wage: $17.84 hourly, $37,120 annually
  • Employment: 701,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8% – 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 237,600

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Click on one of these corresponding popular ISTP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Agricultural Inspector, Automotive Master Mechanic, Avionics Technician, Civil Engineering Technician, Construction & Building Inspector, Electric Power-Line Installer & Repairer, Forest & Conservation Worker, Light Truck or Delivery Driver, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic, and Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org

MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)

Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996).