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.
Light vehicle motor mechanics work mainly in workshops and wear protective clothing. They need to keep up with changes in motor industry technology.
enjoy practical and manual activities
able to work with hand tools
aptitude for technical activities
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
normal eyesight and hearing
drivers licence essential.