A lubrication servicer performs oil changes and lubricates moving parts of vehicles while in training with skilled technicians.
As with all positions within dealerships, lubrication servicers are expected to uphold the highest ethical standards.
The duties of a lubrication servicer include:
- Making sure moving parts are lubricated if needed.
- Injecting grease into units, such as springs, universal joints and steering knuckles, using hand-or compressed air-powered grease gun.
- Inspecting fluid level of steering gears, power steering reservoirs, transmissions differentials, rear axle housings and shackles.
- Checking air pressure of tires, adding water to the radiator, testing the battery, replacing oil and air filters, and spraying springs with lubricant.
- Draining oil and refilling crankcase with right amount of new lubricant.
- Working alongside a skilled technician to learn how to perform quality vehicle service maintenance repairs.
Lubrication servicers should possess mechanical aptitude and knowledge of how automobiles work. Experience working on motor vehicles in the Armed Forces or as a hobby is also valuable.
A valid driver's license with a good driving record is needed for this position.
People working within the automotive retail industry often have to work extended hours, evenings and weekends to achieve their goals.
Most employers regard the successful completion of a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)-certified technical training program in automotive technology at a high school or at a community college as the best preparation for entry-level positions.
Focusing on the following coursework may be useful to those seeking a career in automotive service: computers/electronics, automotive service and technology and courses that teach analytical skills.
Lubrication servicers can move quickly to entry-level service technicians and then advance to mid-level technicians after a few years of experience and at least one specialized certification from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
The average annual earnings of lubrication servicers are approximately $24,000 to $31,000. Earnings vary depending on experience, and the dealer's geographic location and size.
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Benefits vary by employer, but most dealerships offer on site training, health insurance, retirement plans, and other benefit options. Talk with the specific dealer human resource manager about benefit packages.
Working in the automotive industry can be physically demanding. Certain positions require employees to spend most of their workday on their feet and to carry heavy and awkwardly sized items. A reasonable level of physical fitness and flexibility is beneficial.