What does a Mechanic do?

Mechanics perform the inspection and repair of vehicles, machinery, and light trucks. They examine, troubleshoot, restore, and maintain machines or vehicles and oversee the maintenance inspections, monitor inventory, assemble mechanical components, and perform repairs. Mechanics conduct routine maintenance on machinery, systems, or automotive vehicles. They often meet with clients to gain an understanding of their concerns and identify the issue of the machine, system, or vehicle.

Mechanics are responsible for the assembly of mechanical components according to their specifications and examine machines to oversee diagnostic tests that determine functionality problems or issues. They design a plan of action for any maintenance tasks or upgrades and maintain work logs, repairs, and maintenance records. They monitor the inventory in the shop and order new parts if necessary. They perform vehicle assessments and alert clients about issues that prohibit a vehicle from passing a state inspection. Often, they will consult on maintenance and preventative procedures for machine or vehicle users. Mechanics need a high school diploma and a certificate or associate’s degree in automotive technology or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Mechanic jobs?
  • Assist senior mechanics in the completion of project work.
  • Repair advanced vehicle electrical issues and perform heavy vehicle engine work.
  • Diagnose failures of vehicles, remove and replace parts as necessary.
  • Make service calls to repair equipment and vehicles away from shop.
  • Perform preventive maintenance, repair or replacement of broken parts.
  • Respond to dispatch calls for machine and equipment repairs.
  • Perform other support duties as required to support operations.
  • Follow all safety rules and regulations in perform work assignments
  • Maintain compliance with all Federal, State and Local laws.
  • Call in part orders and post charges to vehicle account.
  • Check all work and ensure a defect free assembly prior to final inspection.
  • Document all work performed and recommended on the repair order.
  • Read job order, observe and listen to vehicle in operation to determine malfunction and plan work procedures.
  • Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing, or repairs.
What are the typical qualifications for Mechanic jobs?
  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in applied sciences or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with engine repair, machine assembly and disassembly, and exhaust systems.
  • A critical thinker who pays attention to detail.
  • Communicates diagnoses to customers with a positive attitude.
  • Familiar with fixing parts on vehicles such as axles, injectors, and ventilators.
  • Use leadership and skill sets to assist other team members when necessary.
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Mechanic Salaries

Average Base Pay

$2,681 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$2K
Median: $3K
$6K
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Mechanic Career Path

Learn how to become a Mechanic, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Mechanic
$30,300/yr
Senior Mechanic
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Mechanic IV
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Mechanic

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
11%
5 - 7
1%
8+
83%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Mechanic Insights

Read what Mechanic professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Gulf Coast Water Authority Gulf Coast Water Authority
Mechanic Helper
26 Sept 2022

“Communication is not the best and you get pulled from your job to do others jobs”

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13 Jul 2021

“My fellow coworkers had a great work ethic and a vast array of unique interests.”

Music TribeMusic Tribe
Innovation Mechanics Leader
20 Oct 2021

“Learning something new is common in Music Tribe and is the best part about working here.”

Mark Miller ToyotaMark Miller Toyota
Mechanic
22 Sept 2021

“The manager is the best and most understanding stand up gentleman I have ever worked for.”

Empire TruckEmpire Truck
Diesel Mechanic
24 May 2022

“If on flat rate/commission pay you can’t make good money if there is no business.”

Savage ArmsSavage Arms
Mechanic B
3 Jun 2020

“great pay...like you won't find better pay anywhere else for what we do here”

HubAuto
Mechanic
20 Apr 2021

“there is nothing pros but salary is paid after 45 working days of the month.”

3M3M
Mechanic
15 Jun 2021

“Nice place to work and friendly”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Mechanic

When working as a Mechanic, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Exhaust Systems, Aircraft Systems, Views, Aircraft Avionics and CDL.

The most similar professions to Mechanic are:
  • Welder
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Machinist
  • Machine Operator

The most common qualifications to become a Mechanic is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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