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Auto Mechanic Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

An Auto Mechanic, or an Automotive Mechanic, keeps cars, trucks, SUVs, and other vehicles running smoothly for businesses or individual customers. Their duties include performing maintenance, diagnostic tests and repairs on vehicles, keeping workspaces clean, and explaining procedures to customers.

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Auto Mechanic duties and responsibilities

Auto Mechanics provide repair estimates to potential customers, make and record transactions, and let people know how they can care for their cars. They also keep track of parts, supplies, and tools and order replacements when needed. Other duties and responsibilities for an Auto Mechanic may include:

  • Recording maintenance requests and customer reports of issues like excessive engine noise or poor handling
  • Conducting vehicle inspections and reporting any problems
  • Using electronic diagnostic equipment to find issues quickly
  • Adjusting alignments and suspensions when needed
  • Making sure tools and equipment are working well
  • Complying with company and government regulations
  • Properly disposing of used oil, radiator fluid, worn-out parts, and other components
  • Using a cash register and receiving payments from clients
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What does an Auto Mechanic do?

Some Auto Mechanics specialize in repairing commercial vehicles, and others work on the vehicles individuals use for commuting, transporting products, visiting friends, and more. Auto Mechanics advise people about the maintenance their cars need, check for problems, and recommend repairs or replacements for parts. Some Auto Mechanics work at dealerships, and others work at independent auto shops. They can specialize in maintenance or collision repair.

Auto Mechanic skills and qualifications

Auto Mechanics are polite and professional, and can work with minimal supervision. They must be able to drive safely and test-drive vehicles after repairs. They also need to understand the differences between a range of cars, trucks, or SUVs. Auto Mechanics also need to troubleshoot problems and interact with a variety of customers and coworkers. Some top skills and qualifications for Auto Mechanics include:

  • Excellent customer service and time management skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to move items like motor oil containers and tires
  • Ability to do basic math, read gauges, and understand readouts on diagnostic equipment
  • Extensive understanding of repair equipment and how vehicles work
  • Willingness to deal with dirt, dust, oil, gas, and other unpleasant or potentially hazardous substances

Auto Mechanic experience requirements

In most circumstances, it makes sense to look for an Auto Mechanic with more than three years of experience. However, newer Auto Mechanics can complete many required tasks. They’re often willing to work for less than more experienced applicants. For more complex tasks, you may require candidates with more than five years experience.

Auto Mechanic education and training requirements

Auto Mechanic positions usually require a secondary school diploma or a GED. Auto Mechanics also need to complete a four-year apprenticeship to become certified. Certification is mandatory for many territories and provinces. Auto Mechanics who spent some of their apprenticeships taking college or company automotive courses could be more enthusiastic and willing to learn than others. Auto Mechanics who also have Red Seal endorsements are ideal, but may demand higher pay, as they must pass an interprovincial exam on auto maintenance and repair. All Auto Mechanics will need on-the-job training, and they’ll need to keep up with advances in automotive technology.

Auto Mechanic salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for an Auto Mechanic in Canada is $26.61 per hour. Rates can vary depending on locations, experience, skill and education levels, and employers.

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Auto Mechanic job description FAQs

Who does an Auto Mechanic report to and work with?

Auto Mechanics report to Auto Mechanic Supervisors or service department heads. In smaller companies, they might report to the owner, the General Manager, or an Assistant Manager. Auto Mechanics sometimes supervise helpers or apprentices. They may also need to communicate with auto dealership salespeople and administrative staff.

How is an Auto Mechanic different from an Auto Technician?

Auto Mechanics repair problems with vehicles. They can reduce engine noise, fix many types of body damage, replace old components, and more. Auto Technicians spend more of their time conducting inspections on vehicles and using equipment to diagnose problems. They also work on vehicles’ electrical and computer systems more often than Auto Mechanics.

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