Trades & Services

Light Vehicle Mechanic

Motor mechanics, inspect, maintain, and repair the mechanical parts of cars, vans and small trucks.

  • Entry-level education

    Apprenticeship

  • Job outlook

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What does a Light Vehicle Mechanic do?

Light vehicle mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair the mechanical parts of cars, vans and small trucks. Light vehicle mechanics are also known as motor mechanics or automotive service technicians.

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Work activities

As a light vehicle mechanic, you might:

  • discuss descriptions of vehicle problems, and work to be performed, with customers
  • examine vehicles to determine the extent of damage or malfunction
  • test drive vehicles, and test components and systems, using specialised testing equipment
  • repair, replace, and adjust worn or faulty parts
  • disassemble and reassemble engines, brakes, transmissions or steering gear
  • follow a checklist to ensure all parts are examined and tested
  • tune engines using specialised equipment and make adjustments to ensure they run smoothly
  • perform routine and scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups
  • inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates.
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Key skills and interests

To become a light vehicle mechanic, you would need:

  • knowledge of a wide range of motor vehicles and motor vehicle technology
  • to enjoy practical and manual activities
  • strong attention to detail
  • to be able to work with electric and hand tools
  • aptitude for technical activities
  • problem-solving skills
  • good physical fitness and good eyesight
  • current drivers' licence.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would normally work standard industry hours, Monday to Friday. You may be on a roster system if the workshop is open on weekends. You may also need to work overtime to meet deadlines at busy times. Part-time work may be possible.

Conditions

Most light vehicle mechanics and service technicians work in workshops or repair shops attached to motor vehicle dealers, repairers or service stations. You might also work for a company that owns, or services, car fleets. The work can be dirty and greasy, and you would wear overalls and other protective clothing.

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How to become an Light Vehicle Mechanic?

Entry Level Education

To become a light vehicle mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. Employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

Certification for motor mechanics varies by State, but will require some form of licence.

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Job outlook

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Employment of light vehicle mechanics is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

The number of vehicles in use continues to rise, and the increasing lifespan of late-model cars and light trucks will further increase demand for qualified workers.

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