Have you spent countless weekends fixing up cars, wishing that you could be doing this Monday to Friday too? Well, guess what? You can. By taking a course in automotive technology you can transform your passion into a successful career as a motor mechanic!

The Australian government predicts stable future growth for the industry and good wages averaging $1,436 per week. And with the continual emergence of new vehicles and driverless technology, the future of motor mechanics looks exciting! Now could be the perfect time to pursue your dream job.

Starting a new career or moving into the world of work can be an intimidating prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. Nowadays, there are so many ways for you to get trained in an affordable way that works for you.

What you need to become a motor mechanic

Practical skills

Working with engines and intricate electrical components all day requires a lot of practical skills. You also need to be good at working with your hands since you will spend extensive hours dismantling and constructing vehicle components. These skills can be developed and honed while gaining qualifications and during your workday.

Strong attention to detail

Every day, customers and clients will problems that need solving. These problems could be small and complex, so a strong attention to detail is crucial. Of course, modern technology will assist with many of your diagnostic and repair duties. But you as a technician still need to exercise your skills.

Physical fitness

As a motor mechanic, you will spend most of the day on your feet. Therefore, you need a good level of physical fitness to keep up with the demands of the job. Luckily, the work of a motor mechanic can help with your fitness levels. Carrying, lifting and working with your hands is a great way to stay active!

Good communication skills

Working as a part of a team requires you have the ability to communicate well with others. You will also need to communicate with customers to help build trust and reassure them that their vehicle is in safe hands.

How to become a motor mechanic

To become a motor mechanic, you need a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. Depending on which state you live in, you may also need a license. For example, in NSW, you are required to hold a motor vehicle tradesperson certificate.

Most motor mechanics gain their qualifications by completing an apprenticeship, which can take around three years. Alternatively, you can study more intensively and complete your qualification in college. Whilst you can finish the college-only option more quickly, you can learn while you earn if you choose an apprenticeship. Currently, apprenticeships are only offered to domestic students. International students can undertake the college-based course.

Further education

After you have completed your training, you may decide to gain more specialised or advanced skills. In which case, you can enrol on a higher-level course such as certificate IV or diploma. These advanced courses are also perfect for those working in the industry who want to upskill or move into management. All entry requirements can be found on the course websites.

Finding a job

Once qualified, you can apply for a job as a motor mechanic. You could embark upon an internship that furthers your training, work for a garage or start a business of your own.

If your passions lie within a particular area of auto repair, you can choose to specialise. You could work with a classic car specialist, a motorcycle repair centre or an auto electrician. The possibilities are endless!

An auto mechanic’s life is active, challenging, technical, and no two days are ever the same. If you think that the life of a mechanic is for you, apply for your qualification now! At Central Australian college, we have automotive courses for every aspiring auto technician. From school leavers to career changers, we have the courses to help you reach your career goals.