How To Become A Motor Mechanic

Thursday, 13 May, 2021 - 12:47
Sakinah Samuels

Working as a Motor Mechanic is a riveting career choice and offers many opportunities in South Africa. Here's what you need to know about becoming a Motor Mechanic.


Are you thinking of becoming a Motor Mechanic? Here's what you need to know.

To be able to continuously adapt to new technology is a needed skill for a Motor Mechanic.

What does a Motor Mechanic do?

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

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 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 should I do if I want to study to become a Motor Mechanic?

  • Contact your nearest TVET College to enquire about the entrance requirements for the Motor Mechanics course;
  • Visit Motor Mechanic businesses 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:
  • Go for an aptitude test to help understand if a career as a Motor Mechanic is for you; and
  • Attend Career Exhibitions in your area to liaise with higher learning institutions and obtain application forms.

Where can I study to become a Plumber?

TVET Colleges offer courses to become a qualified Motor Mechanic. Through these programmes, you can develop the skills you need and become qualified. 

Visit the TVET Colleges website for more on South Africa's TVET Colleges.

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

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

NC(V) Programme:

  • A Grade 9 Certificate + college requirements set per programme.

NATED Programme:

  • Grade 10 with Maths and Science + college requirements set per programme
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