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Automotive jobs are versatile and range from the well-known car mechanic to lesser-known jobs like spray painter or engine reconditioner. You also have the choice of conducting your vocational training either as a classic apprenticeship or a traineeship.

An apprenticeship is a structured training arrangement of usually three and a half or four years’ duration where the training combines practical experience at work with complementary off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Traineeships follow the same principle, but are usually shorter and span anywhere from 12 months to 2 years. All training within a traineeship happens onsite and the trainee is not required to spend any time at a Registered Training Office.

Find out what the right role for you is and have a read through the job profiles: 


  1. Motor Mechanic (Cars): Light Vehicle Mechanics repair and maintain passenger cars. They service, repair and diagnose faults on all vehicle systems; engines, brakes, electronics, steering, suspension, etc.

  2. Truck Mechanic (Diesel): Heavy Vehicle Mechanics repair and maintain trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles. They service repair and diagnose faults on all vehicle systems including engines, brakes, electronics, steering, suspension, etc.

  3. Motorcycle Mechanic: Motorcycle Mechanics repair and maintain motorbikes. They service, repair and diagnose faults on all motorbike systems including engines, brakes, electronics, steering, suspension, etc. They also carry out some work on the motorbike frame or body.

  4. Auto Electrician: Auto Electricians specialise in vehicle electrical and electronics. They repair and diagnose electrical and electronic faults on all vehicle systems. A large part of the Automotive Electricians’ work is the diagnosis of faults.

  5. Panel Beater: Panel Beaters repair the body and frame of motor vehicles. They remove damaged panels, hammer out dents and use heat shrinking of the metal or filler to repair damaged panels.

  6. Plant Mechanic: Plant Mechanics repair both stationary and mobile plant and equipment. They service, repair and diagnose faults on all systems including engines, track systems, power-lift systems, charging systems, steering systems and suspension systems.

  7. Part Sales: Part Sales professionals possess detailed knowledge of various makes and models of vehicles and their components. They also know how the parts identification numbering system works. This system may be on a computer database or in special manuals.

  8. Marine Mechanic: Marine Mechanics repair and maintain both inboard and outboard engines, boat steering systems, inboard cooling systems and electrical components. They may work at mariners or general workshops not necessarily located near the water.

  9. Vehicle Body Builder: Vehicle Body Building covers the repair and maintenance of chassis, vehicle bodies, the construction of specialist bodies for trucks and buses. The construction includes designing, cutting, welding of metal components, the use of fibreglass and other construction materials.

  10. Engine Reconditioner: The Engine Reconditioner overhauls engines by breaking them down to their smallest parts, rebuilding or replacing those parts, machining other components and finally rebuilding the engine back as close to, or better than, the manufacturer’s specifications.

  11. Spray Painter: Vehicle Painters apply various coats of paint to the body of vehicles for restoration, either due to collision or to change the colour.



  1. Business Admin: This is a highly diverse and multi-faceted role in which trainees report directly to managers and support them with administrative tasks including managing appointments, mailing, answering telephone enquiries and more.

  2. Business Sales: Vehicle Sales Assistants work in new or used car yards. They prepare and present vehicles for sale, help maintain customer relations and assist Vehicle Salespersons with sales procedures.

  3. Detailing: The Detailer restores the vehicles external and internal components to a clean condition, using various chemicals and cleaning methods.

  4. Dismantling: The Vehicle Dismantler recovers components from old or damaged vehicles for resale. The Dismantler will use various methods to recover components, and then clean and tag them. In some cases, the Dismantler must repair components to a condition that will allow them to be sold.

  5. Parts Warehousing: Parts Warehousing staff have extensive knowledge of the various components in automobiles and accessories. Staff can receive stock, store stock, retrieve stock and, in some circumstances, sell stock.

  6. Radiator Repairing: Radiator Repairers specialise in the repair of vehicle cooling systems. They dismantle, replace or repair components, assemble whole cooling systems and, on occasion, build custom-made one-off systems.

  7. Tyre Servicing: Tyre Service staff remove, repair and replace vehicle tyres. They have an in-depth knowledge of tyres and their different uses.

  8. Steering & Suspension: Steering and Suspension professionals specialise in all types of steering and suspension systems. They are able to service, repair and replace components, or whole systems, and design and fit systems to meet individual needs.

  9. Transmission Specialist: Transmission Specialists maintain vehicle transmissions. They are able to service, repair and overhaul both manual and automatic transmissions.

  10. Accessory Fitter (Non-electrical): Accessory Fitters (non-electrical) install vehicle accessories and, under certain circumstances, manufacture non-electrical accessories. They fit bull bars, towbars, internal safety cages, mud flaps, side steps, roof racks and a variety of other vehicle accessories.

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