Motor Mechanic

Motor mechanics maintain and repair motorcars, buses, trucks and other vehicles. They receive information regarding the faults of the vehicle from owners.


They take the vehicle for a test drive and use electronic equipment to identify, confirm and locate the problem. After determining the cause of the problem they prepare a quotation for cost of repair.

Motor mechanics may take out broken or damaged parts of vehicles, order new parts, or alternatively, repair or replace the broken or damaged parts. Where necessary they will adjust brakes; replace shock absorbers; tighten bolts; align wheels; solder leaks in the radiator; replace oil, oil filters and air filters; and adjust lights, heaters, mirrors and windscreen wipers.


Personal Requirements

  • minimum age 16 years old
  • enjoy working with his hands
  • mechanical aptitude and ability
  • manual dexterity
  • communicate efficiently with people
  • practical and responsible
  • integrity
  • good health and physical strength
  • good eyesight, hearing and coordination


Employment

  • service stations of new and used car dealers
  • independent repair shops
  • vehicle service stations
  • vehicle parts wholesalers and distributors
  • bus and transport companies
  • organisations that maintain their own vehicles
  • government departments
  • a motor mechanic with the necessary experience and capital, can start a business


Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a garage as an assistant to a motor mechanic
  • arrange to speak to a motor mechanics about this type of career
  • contact the Department of Labour about learnership possibilities in your area


Programmes

Boston City Campus and Business College does not offer a programme that leads directly to this occupation. Please take a look at the related occupations below to see whether any of these appeal to you. Alternately, please send an email to taryn@boston.co.za and a Student Advisor will call you back.


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