Motor Mechanic Jobs in Australia

Motor Mechanic Jobs in Australia

Motor mechanics are usually expected to be highly qualified and experienced in this field. Most employers look for experienced candidates for this job. You need to have high degree of technical knowledge with good practical expertise. You should have nimble fingers to handle hand tools & delicate parts.

Motor Mechanic

Motor mechanics are usually involved in the maintenance and servicing of cars and other light vehicles. The work itself is vast in scope and covers many aspects like building, routine servicing, testing, and maintaining the structural, mechanical and electrical systems of the vehicle. Lately, the term "motor mechanic" is being replaced by the title "automotive technician" (or “auto tech”) because of the amount of sophistication involved.

Work Activities

The work activities of a motor mechanic involve servicing and repairing cars, motor bikes and other light vehicles. They repair vehicles that have been in an accident or broken down. They also service vehicles that are due for service following standards that have been set by the manufacturer. Preventive maintenance is the fundamental part of the job.

Motor Mechanics (ANZSCO 321211) can work for one manufacturer or choose to work with many types of vehicles. They will have to be well versed with the different types of vehicles, the models and the care they need. Specialists in a particular make of vehicle undergo specialised training to become “Master technicians” (“master techs”).

Listed are a few specific job activities a motor mechanic does

  • Pre delivery checks
  • Routine checks according to a list, finding faults or problems, overhauling or replacing worn or faulty parts.
  • They use special equipment and do road tests to make sure the vehicle performs as it should.
  • Diagnose and fix a particular mechanical fault (usually the affected part is torn down to investigate the problem).
  • They find faulty components and replace them.
  • Most importantly putting all the parts together again.

Most motor mechanics replace broken or faulty parts rather than repairing them as they consume too much time and money. It’s easier and costs lesser to replace faulty parts.

Vehicles these days are built to sophistication so motor mechanics have to update themselves on the electric and electronic systems of the cars. Some of these modern day inventions have made the work of mechanics easier. Modern workshops have the option to connect a laptop or computer to the car to find out what is wrong. Robots and computers in the assembly line also make it easier and faster to build vehicles.

Some motor mechanics with artistic interests work on the beautification of vehicles. They involve themselves with artistic designs, painting and adding features to the car to make it look and sound good. These types of mechanics are usually well versed with the electric and electronic components of the vehicle.

Another fancy job for motor mechanics is as a pit crew at race tracks. The pay is usually quite high but it can be dangerous and very stressful. Only highly qualified and experienced mechanics are taken for such jobs.

Qualities and Skills for Motor Mechanics

Motor mechanics are usually expected to be highly qualified and experienced in this field. Most employers look for experienced candidates for this job. You need to have high degree of technical knowledge with good practical expertise. You should have nimble fingers to handle hand tools & delicate parts.

Patience is a virtue when it comes to this job. You will need a lot of patience in tracing the fault and fixing them. You will also need to be organized and prioritize workload according to its importance. Good communication skill is also needed as you need to communicate clearly the faults, the costs and the time involved to the customer.

Pay and Promotion Opportunities

Motor mechanics are paid well. Mechanics who work as a member of the pit crew earn more. Employers pay according to the experience. In Australia the base salary ranges from $45,000 - $60,000

Promotional opportunities are a bit slow though. You first start off as a trainee, then advance to a mechanic and then to a supervisor level as opportunities come up (leading hand). In some workshops, using the mechanic knowledge, you can progress to Assistant Store Manager (ASM, or 2IC), and possible to Store Manager.

Some mechanics prefer to have a business of their own. They are usually well versed with different types of vehicles and models. Though they earn more, it also depends on the number of vehicles they service or repair.

In all these cases proper training is required. Big workshops provide on the job training, practical and technical training. This ensures minimum mistakes and maximizes productivity.

If you are the kind of person who pays attention to detail and like the vroom factor then this job is apt for you.

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