What's it like to be a Mechanic?
A Mechanic is a tradesperson who uses tools to build and repair machinery. Most Mechanics specialise in a particular field, such as motor mechanics, air-conditioning and refrigeration, or bicycle mechanics.
Tasks and duties
- Establishing job requirements from drawings and specifications.
- Bolting, soldering, riveting, welding and brazing mechanical parts.
- Repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembling mechanical components.
Mechanics are often separated into two classes based on the type of machines they work on – heavyweight and lightweight.
Heavyweight mechanics work larger machines, like tractors or tanks, while lightweight mechanics work on smaller machines, like bikes or automotive engines.
What can I earn as a Mechanic?
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How to become a Mechanic
- Decide what kind of mechanic you want to be. You might want to enrol in a pre-apprenticeship Certificate II course, which will prepare you for a formal apprenticeship.
- An Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area can help you find a host employer and start your apprenticeship.
- Complete the relevant qualification and an apprenticeship with a qualified Mechanic. For example, to become a qualified Motor Mechanic you have to complete a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR30612). Generally, an apprenticeship takes three to four years to complete.
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