How to become a Mechanic


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What do they do?

Lost your spark? Career broken down? Actually know what a carburettor is? You should become a Mechanic…

Mechanics inspect, diagnose, repair and maintain automotive vehicles.

Their expertise covers everything from engines, electrics and exhausts, through to air conditioning and alarm systems. They may also be involved in renovating, restoring and refurbishing old vehicles.

Mechanics commonly work in garages and repair centres, and work for large multi-national chains or for privately run smaller businesses.

Although specific responsibilities vary, typical duties could include:

  • Assessing vehicles and diagnosing mechanical faults
  • Replacing parts and repairing systems
  • Fitting radios and other accessories
  • Customising and upgrading vehicles
  • Road testing vehicles and performing MOTs
Is it right for me?

An expert knowledge of cars and other automotive vehicles, as well as excellent practical and problem-solving skills, are vital for anyone looking to become a Mechanic.

However, as much of the work involves heavy lifting, you’ll also need a good level of physical strength and endurance. Which isn’t always easy when having to fit under vehicles or work in cramped spaces. Experience with tools and specialised car parts is similarly essential.

Those who don’t know their exhaust pipe from their silicone elbow need not apply…

Other key skills for a Mechanic include:

  • Manual dexterity and critical thinking
  • Excellent concentration skills
  • Patience
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Honesty, integrity and trustworthiness
Career Progression

Junior Mechanic

Up to £14,000


Up to £20,000

Senior Mechanic

Up to £30,000

What's it really like?

I’ve been a petrol head for almost as long as I can remember, but I really only got into the profession by accident. Essentially, I just bought a lot of terrible cars, and pretty much had to learn how to fix them as I went along. Doing it full-time is great. I’m a practical person anyway, so I like that I’m not sitting around all day – I’d get way too bored. It’s basically all about fault finding and problem solving. It can be really hard, physical work, and it does get pretty hot and uncomfortable at times. But some of the cars I get to work on are incredible. I worked on a CityRover the other day…

Get qualified

You won’t necessarily need a degree in order to become a Mechanic. The most common route is to become a trainee or apprentice, which will provide on-the-job training and allow you to build your experience and expertise whilst you work.

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