Become a Motor Mechanic
What is a motor mechanic?
Interested in a career in mechanical engineering? Why not become a motor mechanic?
A motor mechanic is someone who maintains and repairs motor vehicles; ranging from motorbikes and cars to buses and trucks. A motor mechanic may also specialise in a particular area, such as petrol mechanics or diesel mechanics, or may specialise in working on certain types of vehicles or engines.
What is the job description of a motor mechanic?
Duties and responsibilities
A motor mechanic’s main role is to maintain and repair motor vehicles. To fulfil this role, he/she may be required to do the following:
- Discuss the work that needs to be done with the vehicle’s owner
- Diagnose faults (by inspecting the vehicle, taking the vehicle for a test drive, and/or using diagnostic equipment)
- Align the wheels
- Check the tyre pressure
- Replace the engine oil
- Replace the spark plugs
- Adjust, repair, or replace the brakes
- Tune the engine
- Repair or replace any other faulty parts as required
- Order spare parts as required
Motor mechanics generally work in workshops, and may be employed by motor manufacturers, vehicle dealerships, vehicle service and repair centres, fleet management companies, and other similar types of organisations. If you want to work as a motor mechanic, you therefore need to be willing to work in a cramped, noisy environment, and you must be willing to get your hands (and clothes) dirty. Depending on the type of company that you work for, you may need to be willing to work long hours, including overtime when required.
How do I become a motor mechanic?
There are various paths you can follow to become a motor mechanic. Click on the infographic to find out more.
As a motor mechanic, you need to have a good understanding of how vehicles work. In addition, you need a good understanding of the safety principles involved. Studying a course in motor mechanics will help to give you the basic theoretical understanding that you need, while practical, on-the-job experience will help you learn how to implement your knowledge in real-life situations.
Where can I study a course in motor mechanics?
You can study your N1 – N3 motor mechanics courses at Oxbridge Academy. These courses cover the theoretical training that you need to start working as a motor mechanic. Because these courses are offered on a distance learning basis, you can complete them on a part-time basis from home. This means that you can start working to gain practical experience while you complete your studies.
- National Certificate: N1 Engineering Studies (Motor Mechanic – Petrol) (SAQA ID 67109)
- National Certificate: N2 Engineering Studies (Motor Mechanic – Petrol) (SAQA ID 67375)
- National Certificate: N3 Engineering Studies (Motor Mechanic – Petrol) (SAQA ID 67491)