Motor Mechanics 

Motor Mechanics service, repair and overhaul mechanical parts such as engines, transmissions and suspension systems. Motor Mechanics service and repair petrol engine vehicles, however some specialise in diesel engines.

Entry into your apprenticeship

Year 11 or 12 is preferred
Successful completion of MTA's Pre-Selection Test

Your apprenticeship consists of:

  • On the job training: training received at a Host Employer.
  • Off the job training: this is undertaken at MTA Group Training Scheme Inc's Registered Training Organisation or other RTO
  • Contract Duration: Has normally been 4 years but recent changes allow for a competency based training approach for possible earlier completion.
  • Employment Opportunities

Motor Mechanics are employed by:

  • Vehicle dealers
  • Fleet operators
  • Motor manufacturers
  • Engineering companies
  • Government departments with vehicle maintenance workshops 
  • Automotive general repair workshops
  • Prospects in this area can also be enhanced through specialisation in the areas of diesel, automatic transmission air-conditioning and LP gas.

Tasks that may be completed by a Motor Mechanic

  • Testing and repairing electrical systems such as lighting, instrumentation, ignition and fuel injection
  • Tuning engines using electronic equipment
  • Repairing or replacing worn and faulty parts by removing assemblies such as engines, transmissions, differentials and steering gear
  • Reassembling, testing, cleaning and adjusting repaired or replaced parts or assemblies
  • Using various instruments to make sure repaired or replaced components are in good working order
  • Diagnosing, repairing and replacing engine management/fuel injection components

Personal Requirements

  • Ability to work with hand tools
  • Ability to read and interpret technical information
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Enjoy practical and manual activities


Training for the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR30616) is delivered through the MTA RTO (Provider number 2293).