Mechanics' Assistants assist Motor Mechanics to replace and repair worn and defective parts, re-assemble mechanical components, change oil and filters, and perform other routine mechanical tasks.

Specialisations: Lube Attendant.

You can work as a Mechanic's Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Assists mechanics to: detect and diagnose faults in engines and parts.
  • Dismantle and remove engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and check parts.
  • Repair and replace worn and defective parts and reassemble mechanical components, and refer to service manuals as needed.
  • Perform scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations.
  • Reassemble engines and parts after being repaired.
  • Test and adjust mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance, diagnose and test parts with the assistance of computers.

All Other Miscellaneous Labourers

  • $1,224 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Mechanic's Assistants

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Mechanic's Assistants (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,400 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Mechanic's Assistants work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (30%).
  • Gender: 6% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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 Services48.7
Retail Trade11.6
Manufacturing10.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7.6
Other Industries22.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMechanic's AssistantsAll Jobs Average
NSW22.231.6
VIC18.425.6
QLD26.220.0
SA9.07.0
WA18.110.8
TAS2.52.0
NT1.81.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMechanic's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1914.2-5.05.0
20-2416.0-9.39.3
25-3420.1-22.922.9
35-4417.6-22.022.0
45-5415.9-21.621.6
55-598.0-9.09.0
60-644.8-6.06.0
65 and Over3.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationMechanic's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV27.7-21.121.1
Year 1223.5-18.118.1
Year 119.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below33.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Mechanic's Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    40% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English Language

    39% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    38% Skill level

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

  5. Building and Construction

    37% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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  2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    93% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  3. Telephone

    89% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Contact With Others

    87% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Spend Time Standing

    85% Important

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