Diesel Motor Mechanics maintain, test and repair diesel motors and the mechanical parts of trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.

Specialisations: Automotive Heavy Mechanic.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade (diesel fitting) is needed to work as a Diesel Motor Mechanic.

Tasks

  • Detects and diagnoses faults in engines and parts.
  • Dismantles and removes engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checks parts.
  • Repairs and replaces worn and defective parts and reassembles mechanical components, and refers to service manuals as needed.
  • Reassembles engines and parts after being repaired.
  • Tests and adjusts mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance, diagnoses and tests parts with the assistance of computers.
  • May inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or detail work required to achieve roadworthiness.

All Motor Mechanics

  • $1,436 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Diesel Motor Mechanics

  • 7,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Diesel Motor Mechanics (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 6,500 in 2011 to 7,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Diesel Motor Mechanics work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (28%).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Motor Mechanics in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Motor Mechanics.

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services35.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing25.2
Wholesale Trade12.2
Manufacturing9.3
Other Industries17.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDiesel Motor MechanicsAll Jobs Average
NSW25.631.6
VIC27.125.6
QLD21.120.0
SA10.67.0
WA10.610.8
TAS2.82.0
NT1.51.0
ACT0.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDiesel Motor MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-198.8-5.05.0
20-2418.7-9.39.3
25-3428.8-22.922.9
35-4418.4-22.022.0
45-5413.6-21.621.6
55-595.9-9.09.0
60-643.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDiesel Motor MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV79.4-21.121.1
Year 127.4-18.118.1
Year 113.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.0-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade (diesel fitting) is needed to work as a Diesel Motor Mechanic.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Diesel Motor Mechanic.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • driver's licence
  • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Motor Mechanics who are hardworking with a good work ethic, reliable and provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    80% Skill level

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

  2. Engineering and technology

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Transportation

    55% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  4. Customer and personal service

    54% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Public safety and security

    48% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-3031.00 - Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    96% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Exposure to contaminants

    91% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  4. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    90% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-3031.00 - Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists.

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