Occupation in Focus - Motor Mechanic

Posted: February 2019

ANZSCO Code: 321211

Motor Mechanics maintain, test and repair petrol engines and the mechanical parts of lightweight motor vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.

Indicative Skill Level:
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative Title: Automotive Light Mechanic

Assessing Body: Trades Recognition Australia

Tasks Include:

  • detecting and diagnosing mechanical faults in engines and parts
  • dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts
  • repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembling mechanical components, and referring to service manuals as needed
  • performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups, to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations
  • reassembling engines and parts after being repaired
  • testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance
  • diagnosing and testing parts with the assistance of computers
  • may inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or detail work required to achieve roadworthiness
  • may respond to vehicle breakdown service calls.


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Skills Occupation List:

Visa subclasses: 186, 189 (PT), 407, 485 (GW), 482, 489 (F)

State Nominations    


489 (S/T)











*Except Riverina

# closed to EOIs until July 2019


Note: each State or Territory has different nomination criteria and processes for the expression of interest.



Size: This is a very large occupation. Expected to grow from 103,700 in 2018 to 126,700 in 2023.

Unemployment: Below the national average in 2017.

Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,000 per week (before tax and excluding superannuation), below the all jobs average of $1,230.

Employment status: 91.9% work full-time, suggesting part-time work may be hard to find.

Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.7 hours per week at work.

Age: The average age is 37 years.

Gender: 1.1% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%)


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