Becoming a Motor Mechanic (General)
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Becoming a Motor Mechanic (General)

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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.
Training time 52 weeks - 5 years
Average pay $56,425
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 26,300

How do I become a Motor Mechanic (General) in Victoria?

To work as a Motor Mechanic (General) in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Completed apprenticeship
  • Recommended

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
  • Additional licensing and study required to specialise in Automotive Airconditioning or Roadworthy assessments

What does a Motor Mechanic (General) do?

  • Detects and diagnoses faults in engines and parts
  • Dismantles and removes engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts
  • Repairs and replaces worn and defective parts and reassembles mechanical components, and refers to service manuals as needed
  • Performs scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups, to achieve smoother running of vehicles
  • Reassembles engines and parts after being repaired
  • Tests and adjusts mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance
  • Diagnoses and tests parts with the assistance of computers


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