Motor Mechanics repair, maintain and test motor vehicle and other internal combustion engines and related mechanical components.

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.

Tasks

  • detecting and diagnosing faults in engines and parts
  • dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts
  • repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembling mechanical components, and referring to service manuals as needed
  • performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups, to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations
  • reassembling engines and parts after being repaired
  • testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance
  • diagnosing and testing parts with the assistance of computers
  • may inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or detail work required to achieve roadworthiness

Job Titles

  • Motor Mechanic (General)
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Motor Mechanic (General) (also called Automotive Light Mechanic)

    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)

  • Diesel Motor Mechanic

    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

  • Motorcycle Mechanic

    Maintains, tests and repairs the mechanical parts of motorcycles. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Small Engine Mechanic

    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

Fast Facts

  • $1,000 Weekly Pay
  • 103,700 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 91.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.7 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 1.1% female Gender Share

The number of Motor Mechanics grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 103,700 in 2018 to 101,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 23,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 4,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Motor Mechanics work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,000 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91.9%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1.1% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
2008100900
200991200
201091100
201192400
201278500
201392300
201499200
2015107200
201689200
2017100200
2018103700
2023101800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsMotor MechanicsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10001230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services60.4
Retail Trade17.3
Manufacturing5.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.8
Other Industries12.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMotor MechanicsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.031.6
VIC30.926.2
QLD17.819.7
SA8.96.7
WA13.210.8
TAS2.42.0
NT1.51.1
ACT1.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMotor MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.6-5.25.2
20-2415.4-9.99.9
25-3425.0-23.623.6
35-4418.0-21.721.7
45-5418.2-20.820.8
55-599.9-8.88.8
60-645.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.5-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMotor MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree2.1-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV72.5-18.918.9
Year 127-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1012.7-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Motor Mechanics who are hardworking with a good work ethic, reliable and provide good customer service.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    92% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Engineering and Technology

    72% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    71% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    70% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. English Language

    63% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    89% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    88% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    87% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

    85% Important

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing mechanical machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    84% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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