Oil change technicians are also known as lube technicians. They are usually hired at the entry level where they are required to perform basic vehicle maintenance regarding fluids.
People working as oil change technicians need to have worked as an apprentice in a vehicle maintenance facility, if they want to be eligible for this position. Most of the training is provided on the job so a long apprenticeship may not be necessary. However, the ability to work in extreme weather condition is a necessity.
Some oil change technicians may eventually climb up the ladder to become automotive technicians, if they have the technical savviness to handle this work. There are some quite simple and other quite complex duties that a lube technician needs to perform. From handling windscreen cleaning to the more complicated work of grease bearings, they need to do it all.
To work at this position, you have to have a high school diploma, the ability to communicate in writing and verbally and a pleasant attitude. Since oil change technicians are in constant contact with customers, they need to be able to edict good customer service skills.
It is important for oil change technicians to possess the ability to inspect vehicles in detail so that they can provide feedback to customers on the maintenance needs of their specific vehicles. Some important duties of an oil change technician include:
• Confer with customers to determine maintenance needs of their vehicles
• Inspect vehicles to determine need for changing oils and filters and provide feedback to customers
• Perform oil checks on transmissions and ensure that they are brought up to the required levels
• Grease bearings, examine repairs and overhaul brake systems according to set standards
• Locate and correct malfunctions such as wheel bearings issues and ignition problems by using dedicated electronic tools
• Tune automobile engines to ensure that they function efficiently and handle repair and maintenance on service components including air conditioners and condensers
• Remove and replace vehicle leaf springs, tail pipes and mufflers
• Ascertain that tire pressure is properly maintained and handle tire rotation and installation duties
• Install new oil filters and drain plugs and ensure that old ones that can still be used are properly cleaned and maintained
• Clean and lubricate fittings and refill fluid levels
• Handle battery replacement and recharging activities and ensure that old batteries are properly disposed off
• Ascertain the general cleanliness and maintenance of tools and equipment used in vehicle maintenance work