Trades - Mechanic School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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If you like fixing broken things, getting your hands dirty and have a passion for cars then a career as a mechanic could be for you.Trades - Mechanic

You’ll need to be good a problem solving, be able to keep up to date with the latest technical information and have good customer service skills to keep your clients happy and deal with suppliers.

What’s it all about?TOP ^

Mechanics are involved in the repair, construction and maintenance of motor vehicles. This is a physical and at times dirty job, which will require you to analyse and problem solve issues with cars, order spare parts and fit them, carry out safety testing and carry out basic repairs such as changing tyres and oil.

Mechanics can specialise on a particular make or model of vehicle, work for a particular supplier or even across many different areas. It’s not unusual for mechanics to set up as self-employed after gaining experience in industry.

What will I earn? TOP ^

Apprentice mechanics can earn anything from £5,500 to £10,000 a year, depending on their existing experience and qualifications. Once qualified, you can expect to earn around £18,000 to £22,000 a year, with the potential to earn £30,000 as you continue to gain experience.

Where can I work? TOP ^

Many garages will offer school leavers apprenticeships and training – you can look at the Apprentices site for a list of potential employers.
Once qualified, mechanics can work for small businesses, car dealerships, breakdown companies or even as self-employed business people.

What skills will I need in as a mechanic?TOP ^

A mechanic is a skilled tradesman who will continually update their skills and experience as newer models and procedures are developed. You will be an excellent problem solver, who is able to clearly and quickly find out problems with cars.

You’ll also need to have excellent customer facing skills and be able to communicate effectively.

Some skills you’ll need to work as a mechanic include:

What entry level jobs can I do as a mechanic? TOP ^

School leavers can straight into a career as a mechanic from school, without qualifications. To progress and gain higher wages, you will need to get professional qualifications. Consider an apprenticeship with a local garage.

Some entry level building jobs include:

  • Apprentice mechanic
  • Tyre fitter
  • Roadside assistance crew
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