Mechanic – Job Description

Mechanics are typically employed to service, repair and maintain cars and other vehicles. But there are plenty of specialist jobs out there for people to work on industrial machinery, aircraft and military equipment as well.

This is not just grease monkey work either – machines have become ever more complex and mechanics need to be mentally agile as well as physically fit to do the job.

Typical duties include running diagnostic software to determine the causes of technical problems, repairing faults, replacing parts and damaged machinery and writing up damage and repair reports.

The job requires people who are good at spotting and then explaining technical issues and who are able to work independently and with a good level of manual dexterity.

GCSEs in science, maths and English should be enough to get you onto a job placement where you can then work towards relevant NVQs from levels 1 to 3. Sixteen to 24-year-olds can apply for apprenticeship schemes.

A full, clean driving licence is also vital – mechanics often have to drive customers’ cars to approved MOT centres, for instance.

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Other recommended resources:

Institute of the Motor Industry
An organisation offering career development through membership and an Automotive Technician Accreditation scheme. Members also get access to a number of networking and information events and publications.

Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association
A trade body supporting those working in the mechanics industry, offering an approved member scheme connecting customers with your business.

Institute of Mechanical Engineers
An organisation supporting and promoting advancements in mechanical engineering through a global network of engineers. They offer professional development through accreditation and qualification, with a sub-division dedicated to automobile engineering.

Scottish Motor Trade Association
A society devoted promoting and protecting the interests of members of the motor trade industry in Scotland. Membership has a wide range of benefits including access to business and technical support services.

Motor Codes
A government-backed regulatory body for the motor industry including a Service and Repair Code maintain consistent high standards.

Motor Industry Magazine
An online magazine resource bringing you the latest information in the motor industry.

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