A Career in Motor Mechanics
What Does a Career in Motor Mechanics Entail?
Are you considering a career in the technical field? Motor mechanics are on the top ten scarce skills list. The industry is growing at a fast rate and artisans in this industry appear to be pleased with their career choice.
If you are interested in automobiles and engines and love doing practical work, then this might be just the right career path for you.
What Do Motor Mechanics Do?
- Remove and replace damaged parts
- Order new car parts
- Check wheel alignment and tyres
- Make sure brakes are in good working order
- Tune engines (timing, revs etc.)
- Check the oil and replace if needed
- Run a computerised diagnostic check on the car to ensure that everything is working
- Keep record of work done on clients’ cars for future reference
Motor Mechanic Career Prospects
The industry is growing at a fast pace, and employment growth proves to be strong. According to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), qualified motor mechanics are in high demand in South Africa.
- The average salary for an Automotive Mechanic is R132 718 per year.
- The average salary for a Diesel Mechanic is R221 868 per year.
What are the Education Requirements for Motor Mechanics?
To become a qualified motor mechanic, you have to follow this three-step process.
- You have to get theoretical training at a TVET-level college. Once you have completed your academic course, you can move on to the next step.
- You have to do your practical training through a qualified artisan/workshop.
- To register as an auto mechanic, you have to take the required Trade Test. This can be done at an accredited Trade Test centre. For more information about the Trade Test, follow the links below:
- Trade Test Regulations Skills Development Act
- Accredited Trade Test Centres in South Africa
- Requirements for writing a Trade Test
Where Can I Study a Motor Mechanic Course?
Various learning institutions offer the nationally-recognised theoretical learning programmes. College SA offers the following nationally-accredited motor mechanic courses.
- Engineering Studies: Motor Mechanic N1
- Engineering Studies: Motor Mechanic N2
- Engineering Studies: Motor Mechanic N3
Umalusi accredits these National Technical Certificates They are the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training. They make sure that the course content is of high quality and meet industry standards.
College SA is one of many distance learning colleges that offer National Technical Training (NTC) courses. There are also a number of traditional class-based colleges that provide the NTC education programmes.
The following organisations offer practical motor mechanic training:
- Ergo Business Development Academy (EBDA)
- Imperial Technical Training Academy
- Barloworld Academy
- Department of Transport and Public Works
- Mercedes-Benz Learning Academy
Please note that these are not the only organisations that offer practical motor mechanic training. There are many more in South Africa.
When registering for a motor mechanic course, make sure that programme is in fact accredited and recognised. Also, check that the learning institution that offers the course is accredited and registered with the DHET.
College SA is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), DHET Registration Number: 2009/ FE07/099.