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Job Description for a Dismantling Job

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A vehicle dismantler carefully takes a full car apart and places the parts into inventory. An expert knowledge of automobiles and the ability to work efficiently and follow instructions are vital for the job.

Main Duties

A vehicle dismantler, or auto parts puller, pulls parts off vehicles and tags them for inventory or shipping. While a worker may be extremely knowledgeable about car dismantling, he must perform the dismantling procedure according to his managers' methods. The challenging work may involve cutting into vehicles with saws.


Apart from saws, dismantling technicians may also use power tools such as pneumatic wrenches to remove bolts quickly, and jacks and hoists to lift cars. Automotive employers often keep expensive power tools and engine analyzers on hand.

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As an entry-level mechanic position, dismantling employees may rise in the automotive company or industry to become automotive service technicians, transmission technicians and re-builders, front-end mechanics or managers.

Job Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a steady amount of dismantling positions should be available in the future for those who complete post-secondary automotive training programs.


Automotive service technicians and mechanics made a median hourly wage of $16.88 in May 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salary is generally increased based on performance.

2016 Salary Information for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Automotive service technicians and mechanics earned a median annual salary of $38,470 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, automotive service technicians and mechanics earned a 25th percentile salary of $28,140, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $52,120, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 749,900 people were employed in the U.S. as automotive service technicians and mechanics.

About the Author

Noelle Carver has been a freelance writer since 2009, with work published in "SSYK" and "The Wolf," two U.K. literary journals. Carver holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from American University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from The New School. She lives in New York City.

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