Heavy vehicle motor mechanics repair, maintain and test diesel motors including trucks, buses, plant equipment, tractors and other engines.

Where heavy vehicle motor mechanics are employed

Heavy vehicle motor mechanics work for machinery dealers, service stations, heavy vehicle repairers, road transport firms, bus companies and the minerals industry. Public and privatised authorities for defence, communications, energy supply, public works and transport employ heavy vehicle motor mechanics. Some heavy vehicle motor mechanics may establish their own business.

Motor mechanics are employed across several industries including: retail trade, transport, postal warehousing and manufacturing. 


Full-time heavy vehicle motor mechanics in South Australia generally earn between $1,000 and $1,299 per week.

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Job prospects

In 2011 there were 652 people employed full-time as heavy vehicle motor mechanics in South Australia, compared with 640 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need to complete an apprenticeship in automotive mechanical technology. For more information see apprenticeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.  Consider doing design and technology and maths subjects.

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Licensing or registration requirements

In South Australia, there are currently no licensing or registration requirements for heavy vehicle motor mechanics.

Many employers will require a minimum of a Certificate III education level or a trade certificate.

If you have experience but no formal qualifications you may be able to have your skills assessed to the minimum education level required by industry through a registered training provider authorised to deliver the relevant course.

Recognition of qualifications obtained outside Australia

You can visit a registered training provider for information about Recognition of Prior Learning and assessment to an Australian Qualification level.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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