Light Vehicle Motor Mechanic

Summary

Light vehicle motor mechanics service, repair and overhaul the mechanical parts of motor vehicles such as the engine, the transmission (clutch, gear box and differential), and the suspension systems (springs, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres).

Duties & Tasks

Light vehicle motor mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • discuss problems with car drivers or vehicle operators to discover faults
  • listen to engines, fit and operate special test equipment, and test-drive vehicles
  • repair or replace worn or faulty parts by removing assemblies such as engines, transmissions, differentials or steering gear systems; dismantling them and checking parts, referring to manuals as necessary
  • reassemble, test, clean and adjust repaired or replaced parts or assemblies, using various instruments to make sure they are working properly and putting them back into the vehicle
  • tune engines using special electronic equipment and make fine adjustments (to carburettors, for example) for smoother running
  • carry out minor body and trim repairs
  • diagnose, repair and replace engine management and fuel injection components
  • use oxy, electric, TIG and MIG welders
  • test and repair electrical systems such as lighting, instrumentation, ignition and electronic fuel injection
  • inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or list the work required before a certificate can be issued.

Specialisations

Motorcycle Mechanic

A motorcycle mechanic diagnoses faults and performs necessary repairs to motorcycles.

Working Conditions

Light vehicle motor mechanics work mainly in workshops and wear protective clothing. They need to keep up with changes in motor industry technology.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to work with hand tools
  • aptitude for technical activities
  • problem-solving skills
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • normal eyesight and hearing
  • drivers licence essential.

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