Searching for mechanic jobs? Then let us guide you through some of the requirements for the role and what you can expect in a mechanic job role.
Mechanics are known by many names, vehicle technicians, automotive service technicians, repairmen and even grease monkeys to name a few. The latter being true as in this industry you normally get covered in grease or oil or both, quite frankly you will do well to stay clean, and if you do stay clean questions will probably be asked!
A car mechanic or vehicle technician will work on the maintenance and repair of all different types of vehicles. A breakdown of these duties may include
- Preparing for and carrying out MOT tests
- Assessing the condition of a vehicle in between required MOTs
- Identifying mechanical faults in a vehicle's brakes, engine, gears or electrics etc.
- Fitting clutches, springs and brakes
- Testing new vehicles to identify any faults in the mechanics
- Rebuilding engines and gearboxes
- Converting engines to liquid petroleum gas
- Ordering and tuning parts
- Fitting radios and other internal features
- Customising vehicles to the owner’s specifications
- Advising owners on vehicle condition and cost of repairs
- Dealing with fuel problems
- Repairing and fitting tyres
- Servicing and repairing vehicles which have broken down
Duties may vary dependant on the type and size of company but many of the outlined tasks will be conducted at some point for all mechanics especially in the automotive industry.
Most mechanic jobs require the candidate to work around 40 hours per week over a 7 day period as there is always something to be done, especially in this industry where people and businesses are heavily reliant on their own modes of transport.
A trainee or mechanic apprenticeship salary can range between £7,000 - £11,000 depending on age and level of experience. A qualified mechanic can expect between £13,000 and £20,000 per year, and a master technician can expect £20,000+ depending on area of expertise and the size of the company.
So if you like to figure out problems, don’t mind getting your hands dirty and don’t mind working weekends then a mechanic job role is for you. Click here to set up email alerts and check out our friends at Simply Engineering Jobs, who have loads more to choose from. Good luck with your job search!