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How to Become a Mechanic

If you are interested in becoming a mechanic and would like to know more about what the position entails, we have provided you with comprehensive knowledge about what the position is all about.

For people who love fixing things, problem solving and working with their hands, the role of a mechanic may be well suited.

There are many different types of mechanic specialisations that you can choose from so whether you are interested in auto mechanics, aviation mechanics, boats or motorcycles, you can find a mechanic role that is right for you.

Auto mechanic

Auto mechanics specialise in foreign cars, domestic cars and diesel trucks for example. Motor mechanics will diagnoses, service and repair motorised vehicles. Motor mechanics also carry out these same services on motorised equipment such as heavy duty equipment.

A motor mechanic's first duties include inspecting the vehicle or equipment, locating the fault and providing a diagnosis.

Light vehicle mechanic

Light vehicle mechanics test, service and repair small engines and other parts in cars and motorcycles. Light vehicle mechanics may diagnose mechanical and electrical faults, take apart faulty engine assemblies, clean, lubricate and tune engines so that they run properly, repair faulty or damaged auto parts, repair and adjust electrical faults, set up and water-test outboard motors.

Aviation mechanic

Aviation mechanics specialise in single engine planes, prop planes, rockets, jets and larger airplanes. An aviation mechanic may perform duties such as dismantling, inspecting and reassembling aircraft engines, electrical systems and aircraft frames. Aviation mechanics also test aircraft communication equipment, instruments and electronic systems, install electrical circuits and equipment and be involved with conducting routine pre-flight inspections.

Boat mechanics

Marine mechanics (also referred to as boat mechanics) look after speed boats, large cruise ships, pontoons and sailing boats, as well as many other marine vessels. Marine mechanics spend most of their time in a boat workshop. A marine mechanic will work in inboard and outboard boat engines and equipment. They will typically diagnose problems with marine vessels, repair and service engines and engine parts, petrol systems and clutch assemblies. Marine mechanics will also repair and service marine transmissions, propeller drives and jet drive propulsion systems and trailers. They will install and repair marine electrical, electronic and ignition systems, and inboard marine hull equipment and instruments.

Mechanic training and experience

The best way to prepare for a career as a mechanic is to undergo and complete formal mechanic training.

Mechanics in Australia need to be trained in maths and physical science courses. There are many vocational high schools that have programs you can enrol in to begin your mechanics training.

The main ways to get into motor mechanics is to complete a TAFE apprenticeship, a TAFE or the Automotive Vehicle Servicing traineeship, school-based apprenticeship or vocational education and training in secondary school known as TVET (Vocational Education in Schools) or placement by the Alliance People Solutions.