Motor Mechanics Career Guide


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What does a Motor Mechanic do?

A Motor mechanic repairs, maintains and tests motor vehicles and other internal combustion engines and related mechanical components.


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What duties and tasks does a Motor mechanic perform?

  • Diagnose and correct the causes of faulty vehicle and equipment operation.
  • Overhaul, adjust and repair: gaseous fuel engines; clutches; transmissions and differentials; ignition; wiring; lighting; fuel; cooling; braking and complex hydraulic systems; steering; wheel and suspension mechanisms; and body cab and frame components.
  • Diagnose and repair electronic engine control systems, anti-lock brake systems, and air conditioning.
  • In some instances a motor mechanic will be required to test drive equipment, complete reports, use parts catalogues, and perform other related duties.

What skills and abilities are required to become a Motor Mechanic?

  • Ability to diagnose problems.
  • To be skilled in areas such as air conditioning system repair and installation, electrical system repair, fuel system repair and installation and computer skills.
  • To be able to continuously adapt to new technology.
  • To be able to transfer skills to younger mechanics.
  • To be able to communicate with team members.

What are the working conditions of a Motor Mechanic?

Light vehicle motor mechanics work mainly in workshops and wear protective clothing. They need to keep up with changes in motor industry technology.

What are the minimum entry requirements to study Motor Mechanics at a TVET College?

At a TVET College, the normal entrance requirements for the Motor Mechanics course are:

  • NC(V) Programme:

A Grade 9 Certificate + college requirements set per programme.

  • NATED Programme:

N4 admission - Grade 12 with a pass in Mathematics + college requirements set per programme OR an NC(V) Level 4 Certificate in Engineering and Related Design.

What should I do if I want to study Motor Mechanics?

  • Visit or contact a TVET College nearest to you to enquire about the entrance requirements for the Motor Mechanics course;
  • Visit Motor Mechanics training centres and companies to gain more knowledge about the field and what it entails;
  • Contact DHET Career Development Services to provide you with free quality career information, advice and counselling services on 086 999 0123 or e-mail: [email protected]
  • Go for an aptitude test to help understand if a career in Motor Mechanics is for you;
  • Attend Career Exhibitions in your area to liaise with higher learning institutions and obtain application forms.

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