Motor mechanics test, repair and overhaul petrol engines, transmissions and suspension systems.

Where motor mechanics are employed

They mainly work for motor vehicle dealers, repairers and service stations. They also work for authorities concerned with defence, communications, energy supply, public works and transport and for private firms with large fleets of vehicles.


Full-time motor mechanics in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scale for Motor mechanic

Job prospects

There is strong competition for available apprenticeships.

In 2011 there were 5,455 people employed full-time as motor mechanics in South Australia, compared with 5,661 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need to complete an apprenticeship in automotive mechanical technology.

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For more information see apprenticeships. Ask your career adviser about starting training at school.

Licensing or registration requirements

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

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

Recognition of skills related work experience and qualifications obtained outside Australia

There are recognition pathways available for both local work experienced trades people and overseas trained motor mechanics which are dependent on individual circumstances.

  • Undertake the Trades Recognition Service (TRS) skills assessment. TRS provide skills assessment via recognition of prior learning by registered training organisations approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).
  • Engage with a Registered Training organisation to undertake recognition of prior learning and gap training.
  • Complete a fast-tracked adult apprenticeship.

Further gap training may be required after any recognition process to meet qualification and licensing requirements.

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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