Service Station Attendant  What They Do

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Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants Career Video



Services automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collects payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, install antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Collects cash payments from customers and makes change or charges purchases to customers' credit cards and provides customers with receipts.
  • Checks tire pressure and levels of fuel, motor oil, transmission, radiator, battery, or other fluids, adding air or fluids as required.
  • Performs minor repairs, such as adjusting brakes, replacing spark plugs, or changing engine oil or filters.
  • Cleans parking areas, offices, restrooms, or equipment and removes trash.
  • Orders stock and prices and shelves incoming goods.
  • Sells and installs accessories, such as batteries, windshield wiper blades, fan belts, bulbs, or headlamps.
  • Greases and lubricates vehicles or specified units, such as springs, universal joints, or steering knuckles, using grease guns or spray lubricants.
  • Rotates, tests, and repairs or replaces tires.
  • Prepares daily reports of fuel, oil, and accessory sales.
  • Cleans windshields.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

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