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Motor Mechanic

Motor Mechanics are primarily responsible for diagnosing and repairing motor vehicles and other internal combustion engines. They also may maintain or test engines or vehicles.

Duties and tasks

  • Answering customers questions about the repair process
  • Dissembling engines to check and repair parts
  • Performing maintenance activities such as oil changes and other tune-ups
  • Reassembling the parts after the repair process
  • Repairing and replacing parts as needed
  • Running tests to diagnose problems with engines and smaller parts
  • Testing repaired motors and engines for roadworthiness, environmental requirements, and safety

Skills required

  • Ability to manipulate and control dials, switches, and gauges
  • Active listening
  • Mechanical ability
  • Troubleshooting and repair capabilities
  • Working with tools and other equipment

Working conditions

Motor Mechanics often work in auto shops or repair centre's. They may also work in chain establishments or car sale lots.

Professional associations / Industry information

Motor Trade Association South Australia 

Motor Trade Association of Western Australia 

Motor Traders Association NSW 

Motor Trades Association of ACT 

Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Authority (NSW) 

Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce 

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