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

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in a relevant mechanical field is needed to work as a Motor Mechanic.

    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

    All Motor Mechanics

    • $1,436 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 107,300 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Motor Mechanics (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 99,200 in 2014 to 107,300 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Location: Motor Mechanics work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,436 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • 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

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200991400
    201091100
    201192400
    201278300
    201392300
    201499200
    2015107700
    201689700
    2017101700
    2018104200
    2019107300
    2024106500

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings14361460

    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 Services57.1
    Retail Trade17.6
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing5.4
    Wholesale Trade4.5
    Other Industries15.4

    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.
    StateMotor MechanicsAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.731.6
    VIC25.925.6
    QLD20.920.0
    SA7.37.0
    WA11.610.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT1.31.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 BracketMotor MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-196.8-5.05.0
    20-2414.8-9.39.3
    25-3424.6-22.922.9
    35-4419.2-22.022.0
    45-5418.5-21.621.6
    55-598.0-9.09.0
    60-645.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMotor MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV75.7-21.121.1
    Year 128.0-18.118.1
    Year 113.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.6-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in a relevant mechanical field is needed to work as a Motor Mechanic.

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

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • 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.
    • You might be interested in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      84% Skill level

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

    2. Computers and electronics

      57% Skill level

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

    3. Engineering and technology

      56% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and personal service

      55% Skill level

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

    5. Physics

      48% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

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    Demands

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

    1. Exposure to contaminants

      99% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    2. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

      93% Important

      Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

    3. Spend time standing

      93% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      93% Important

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

    5. Being exact or accurate

      92% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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