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Motor Mechanics repair, maintain and test motor vehicle and other internal combustion engines and related mechanical components.
Maintains, tests and repairs petrol engines and the mechanical parts of lightweight motor vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Automatic Transmission Mechanic, Automotive Airconditioning Mechanic, Brake Mechanic, Ground Support Equipment Fitter (Air Force), Roadside Mechanic, Vehicle Mechanic (Army)
Maintains, tests and repairs diesel motors and the mechanical parts of trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Automotive Heavy Mechanic
Maintains, tests and repairs the mechanical parts of motorcycles. Registration or licensing may be required.
Maintains, tests and repairs engines of chainsaws, lawn mowers, garden tractors and other equipment with small engines. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Chainsaw Mechanic, Lawnmower Mechanic, Outboard Motor Mechanic
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Employment projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very large occupation employing 100,700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
In 2016, employers in some locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Motor Mechanics. To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.
A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and most Motor Mechanics have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Motor Mechanics who are hardworking with a good work ethic, reliable and provide good customer service.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing mechanical machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.