Brake Mechanic


Brake mechanics diagnose faults, and then repair, replace, overhaul and test the parts of disc, drum or power brake systems used on all types of motor vehicles.

Duties & Tasks

Brake mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • determine faults in brake systems by talking to the vehicle operator and driving the vehicle, noting its performance, or by reading data from the vehicle's computer control system
  • diagnose and correct anti-lock braking faults
  • examine brake units (including steel and flex hoses and handbrake cables) for wear, damage or possible failure, and repair or replace as required
  • measure brake drums and disc rotors to determine if wear or finished size is excessive
  • test brake units to ensure outputs reach the specified level (this includes electronics now widely used on late model vehicles and trailer or caravan brakes)
  • repair or replace leaky brake cylinders
  • attach new linings to brake shoes by bonding or riveting (this is a separate semi-skilled operation in some repair shops)
  • machine discs and drum brakes where indicated
  • fit wheels onto hubs and tighten wheel fixings to specified torque
  • ensure brake systems are filled with correct brake fluid and are functioning correctly
  • bleed the hydraulic brake system.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • mechanical aptitude
  • problem-solving skills
  • able to work accurately.

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