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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 Jobs and Small Business 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 101,100 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 102,600. Around 27,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a small number for an occupation of this size).
In 2016, employers in some locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Motor Mechanics. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business 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.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Fixing machines or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and what to do about it.
Deciding the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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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.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?
How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?
How much time do you spend standing?
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.