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Automotive Mechanic

Maintain, test and repair the mechanical components of motor vehicles.
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What's it like to be an Automotive Mechanic?

Automotive Mechanics (also known as Auto Mechanics) are qualified to maintain, test and repair petrol engines and the mechanical parts of motor vehicles. This may include identifying faults and ensuring the smooth function of transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.

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Tasks and duties

  • Dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components in order to check parts.
  • Repairing and replacing worn and defective parts.
  • Assembling mechanical components.
  • Performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrication and engine tune-ups.
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How to become an Automotive Mechanic


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To become an Automotive Mechanic you need to complete an apprenticeship and some formal training. If you want to specialise in automotive air-conditioning or be certified to give roadworthy assessments you’ll require additional licensing and need to complete further study.

  1. When looking to start your apprenticeship, an Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area can help you find a host employer.
  2. While completing your apprenticeship, there are a number of formal training options to supplement your on-the-job training. The Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR30616) has a particular focus on light vehicles.
  3. In order to give roadworthy assessments you need to function as a Licenced Vehicle Tester (LVT), which requires you to complete further accredited training.

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Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

This certificate provides you with the skills to perform a range of service and repair tasks on light vehicles.
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Bachelor of Science

Develop broad skills in science to prepare for opportunities in a range of industries with this qualification.

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Certificate II in Engineering

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How do Automotive Mechanics rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 27 Automotive Mechanics surveyed on SEEK
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4.0
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
4.1

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Latest Automotive Mechanic reviews

Latest reviews from 22 Automotive Mechanics surveyed on SEEK
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Mar 2021
Being a mechanic a fun job but like all job it has its down sides but you take the good with the bad
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Security Operations
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Hr driver
The good things
Get to meet good friendly people
The challenges
Expect a lot of problem solving
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Mar 2021
Mechanic is great line to work and pursuing your career, need someone with hard working and make your mind work faster over time
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Automotive
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Mechanic
The good things
Being a Mechanic is always working on Different Cars everyday and keep on gaining experience even your study, the more you work the more you learn.
The challenges
Challenges are mostly working with different models got different user manuals and you need to remind most of it, for example boxer engines and ls engines work differently and have different work spec...
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