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Vehicle Mechanic Job Description

A vehicle mechanic is a person whose occupation is to diagnose, repair and maintain vehicles. Vehicle mechanics use computer diagnostic programs and/or hand tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers to repair and service cars, vans, motorbikes, lorries and/or coaches.

A vehicle mechanic should be responsible, analytical, methodical and accurate, and have strong mechanical aptitude and the ability to use a variety of technical tools. They should be reasonable fit to cope with the physical demands of their job. They should also be good with people and have good customer service skills.

Pursue a career as a vehicle mechanic if you are mechanically inclined and interested in vehicle repairs and maintenance. You should be someone with stamina and manual dexterity.

What does a Vehicle Mechanic do?

Vehicle mechanics may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Vehicle mechanics usually work normal office hours, but may also work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. They work in auto mechanic garages and workshops.

Vehicle mechanics work in environments that may contain toxic chemicals. Their work may require them to bend, kneel, stoop, crouch, crawl and stand for long periods, as well as to lift, lower, push, pull, leverage and manipulate heavy objects.

What is Required to Become a Vehicle Mechanic?

To become a vehicle mechanic, you will need to complete an apprenticeship with a skilled and professional vehicle mechanic. An apprenticeship program may take up to 4 years to complete.


A vehicle mechanic may specialize in a particular area such as:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Vehicle mechanics need to have:


Alternative Careers

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