Light Vehicle Motor Mechanic
Light vehicle motor mechanics service, repair and overhaul the mechanical parts of motor vehicles such as the engine, the transmission (clutch, gear box and differential), and the suspension systems (springs, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres).
Light vehicle motor mechanics may perform the following tasks:
- discuss problems with car drivers or vehicle operators to discover faults
- listen to engines, fit and operate special test equipment and test-drive vehicles
- repair or replace worn or faulty parts by removing assemblies such as engines, transmissions, differentials or steering gear; dismantling them and checking parts, referring to manuals as necessary
- reassemble, test, clean and adjust repaired or replaced parts or assemblies, using various instruments to make sure they are working properly and putting them back into the vehicle
- tune engines using special electronic equipment and make fine adjustments (to carburettors, for example) for smoother running
- carry out minor body repairs and minor trim repairs
- diagnose, repair and replace engine management and fuel injection components
- use oxy, electric, TIG and MIG welders
- test and repair electrical systems such as lighting, instrumentation, ignition and electronic fuel injection
- inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or list the work required before a certificate can be issued.
Light vehicle motor mechanics may specialise as Automotive Air Conditioning Fitters or Brake Mechanics. For more details, see the separate entries for these occupations. They may also specialise as breakdown service patrol officers who give emergency mechanical assistance to members of an automobile association.
A motorcycle mechanic diagnoses faults and performs necessary repairs to motorcycles.
Light vehicle motor mechanics work mainly in workshops and wear protective clothing. They need to keep up with changes in motor industry technology.
Due to advances in automotive technology, most vehicles now contain electronic controls and computers. As a result, knowledge in this area has become essential for light vehicle motor mechanics and they are becoming more specialised in their areas of work.
- enjoy practical and manual activities
- able to work with hand tools
- good at technical activities
- problem-solving skills
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- normal eyesight and hearing
- drivers licence essential.
- Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter
- Automotive Electrician
- Automotive Parts Interpreter
- Brake Mechanic
- Exhaust Fitter and Repairer
- Heavy Vehicle Motor Mechanic
- Light Engine Mechanic
- Navy Technical Sailor
- Vehicle Serviceperson
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