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Mechanic

A varied career for mechanically minded people who love to work with their hands.

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.

Mechanic

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.
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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


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To become a Mechanic you need to complete an apprenticeship and some formal training. The formal training component will vary depending on the type of Mechanic you’re training to be.

  1. 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.
  2. An Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area can help you find a host employer and start your apprenticeship.
  3. 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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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 Arts

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Latest Mechanic reviews

Latest reviews from 39 Mechanics surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Being a mechanic is a demanding job that you must have the love for. With out love it can be very unrewarding. Long hours and low pay then you get trapped into mining.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Auto electrical and mechanical
The good things
Always have a job to the point of too much work to choose from
The challenges
Time constraints and variations to jobs which lead to high stress
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May 2021
Mechanics is a great straight out of school job always opportunities and jobs available
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Mechanic
The good things
Very simple once get to learn and physically put parts together seem complex at first but ends up as a fun hobby
The challenges
The only difficulty of working is shift times generally is long hours but you defiantly get the hang of it
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