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Motor Mechanic (General)

Also known as Automotive Light Mechanic.

Maintains, tests and repairs petrol engines and the mechanical parts of lightweight motor vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes. Registration or licensing may be required.


Tasks Include:


  • detecting and diagnosing faults in engines and parts
  • dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts
  • repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembling mechanical components, and referring to service manuals as needed
  • performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups, to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations
  • reassembling engines and parts after being repaired
  • testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance
  • diagnosing and testing parts with the assistance of computers
Specialisations
  • Automatic Transmission Mechanic
  • Automotive Airconditioning Mechanic
  • Brake Mechanic
  • Ground Support Equipment Fitter (Air Force)
  • Vehicle Mechanic (Army)
Job prospects for Motor Mechanics in Victoria

Occupations in the Motor Mechanics group include Diesel Motor Mechanic, Motor Mechanic (General), Motorcycle Mechanic and Small Engine Mechanic.

Employment prospects
Skills shortage: this occupation needs more skilled workers now. There are currently 26,600 Motor Mechanics in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively large occupation is expected to remain similar. Employment prospects for the next five years are good.

Average weekly wage
$1,033.20

Hourly earnings
$26.60

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website.

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