How to become a Motor Mechanic - Car

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

Personal requirements of a Motor Mechanic - Car

  • 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

Education & Training for a Motor Mechanic - Car

To become a motor mechanic, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

Duties & Tasks of a Motor Mechanic - Car

Motor mechanics:

  • 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 that 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 road worthiness certificates or list the work required before a certificate can be issued.

Working conditions for a Motor Mechanic - Car

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

Employment Opportunities for a Motor Mechanic - Car

Motor mechanics are employed mainly by motor vehicle dealers, repairers and service stations. They also work for authorities concerned with defence, communications, energy supply, public works and transport, and for private firms with large fleets of vehicles. Motor mechanics working for large private firms service fleet vehicles, and those working for specialist firms service a particular part or make of vehicle. Some also work in the testing sections of vehicle manufacturing firms. Promotion to supervisory positions is possible in large workshops. Some mechanics establish their own businesses. There is strong competition for available apprenticeships.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0.8%

NSW 30.7%

NT 1.1%

QLD 25.5%

SA 6.7%

TAS 2.3%

VIC 22.9%

WA 10.1%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 99%

Female 1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 12.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 9.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 71.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 2.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0.3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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