Mechanics are professionals trained to perform repairs and regular maintenance on motorized vehicles. Part of their job involves understanding how internal combustion and diesel motors work, as well as their components, and how to dismantle and reassemble them in order to fix any problems. Being a Mechanic involves a great deal of hands-on work, they take a direct approach towards problem solving and are not afraid to get their hands dirty in the process.
With the advancement of transportation and automotive technology, Mechanics have had to keep up by learning about the newest trends and technologies involved in vehicle designing. Some Mechanics specialize in specific types of vehicles, including cars, buses, or trucks. Others, however, may choose to specialize in specific brands and manufacturers of vehicles, as they might have more intricate engines and systems.
Mechanics are commonly employed by garages and auto-workshops. They may also work in car dealers, vehicle rental agencies, or in transportation companies providing regular maintenance checks and repairs, or be self-employed, working in their own garages.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Mechanics are required to complete.
- Performing regular maintenance and status checks:
- Checking the levels of important fluids (e.g. motor oil, coolant, and brake fluid) and refilling them as necessary;
- inspecting and replacing filters when required;
- cleaning and lubricating engine pieces; and
- checking the battery and the electric systems of the vehicle.
- Inspecting, diagnosing, and repairing malfunctioning parts of the vehicle:
- Conducting a thorough and complete diagnosis of the status of the vehicle using specialized hardware and software;
- inspecting and calibrating brakes;
- checking the air pressure in the wheels, as well as their condition;
- aligning the wheels;
- looking for loose screws and bolts and tightening them; and
- dismantling engine pieces to look for malfunctioning parts.
- Performing general and specific repairs and replacing malfunctioning parts:
- Extracting malfunctioning parts following diagnosis and using specialized tools (e.g. wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and hydraulic lifts);
- following specific instructions for different types of engines and vehicles;
- dismantling pieces of the engine in order to repair minor malfunctions;
- replacing and reassembling pieces when repair was possible;
- requesting replacement and spare pieces when repair is not possible;
- assembling and mounting new pieces; and
- testing the proper functioning of new pieces.
- Documenting and reporting all vehicle repairs to employer or customer:
- Creating a budget of the expected expenses for the repairs;
- keeping track of all the pieces and parts changed, repaired, and replaced;
- maintaining a record of all pieces that were requested and bought; and
- providing clients with a bill explaining all purchases and repairs done.
- Following safety measures and protocols when performing repairs:
- Using the necessary safety tools and gadgets (e.g. safety goggles, gloves, and suits) to avoid accidents; and
- adhering to safety regulations when using heavy or dangerous machines and tools (e.g. hydraulic lifts, power tools, and welders).
- Maintaining a stock of frequently used pieces and tools.
- Performing all the administrative tasks necessary:
- Keeping track of all transactions, purchases, and services provided;
- paying taxes and submitting financial records to the correspondent government agency; and
- managing payroll operations, including sales and services commissions for employees when necessary.
- Performing routine checks and service to vehicles.
- Examining and diagnosing malfunctioning vehicles.
- Identifying issues and finding ways to fix them.
- Dismantling and examining engine pieces.
- Requesting replacements and mounting them.
- Providing clients with a report explaining all repairs performed.
- Testing repaired vehicles.
The average Mechanic salary in Canada is $55,760 per year or $29 per hour. This is around 1.7 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $39,000 while most experienced workers make up to $78,000. These results are based on 6,516 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
- Outstanding knowledge and understanding of motorized vehicles:
- Being capable of identifying, diagnosing, and repairing malfunctioning parts of vehicles and engines;
- being able to work with different types of motors (e.g. fuel, diesel, or electric);
- possessing knowledge of intricate electric and air conditioning systems; and
- being able to work on and repair vehicles’ chassis.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills:
- Communicating clearly, both verbally and in writing, in order to create a clear and communicative environment with coworkers and clients;
- being able to read and write technical reports; and
- being able to work cohesively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills:
- Identifying issues and resolving problems in a timely manner using critical thinking and good judgment; and
- being precise and accurate in their calculations and analyses.
- Organizational and time management skills and great attention to detail:
- Avoiding disorganization in the workplace that can lead to accidents and damage to equipment;
- being able to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment;
- handling various projects with aggressive deadlines; and
- being able to prioritize tasks and responsibilities accordingly.
The Automotive industry has been growing steadily for years now, and with it, so has the need for professionals capable of repairing and servicing cars and other vehicles. There are plenty of job opportunities for Mechanics in the labour market. In order to become one, aspirants must first attend a specialized course at a vocational school or any other recognized institution. These courses often include a theoretic portion, as well as supervised practices. It should be noted that most people entering in these courses possess pre-existing, and often self-taught, knowledge of vehicle mechanics. 
Once they have completed the course, Mechanics may find jobs in workshops, auto dealerships, or car rental agencies as a Mechanic apprentice. After obtaining enough years of experience working as an apprentice and having displayed good levels of responsibility, reliability, and professionalism, they may be assigned more responsibilities and become head of a team of Mechanics.
Many Mechanics choose to take further studies in order to specialize in specific parts of motorized vehicles or specific brands. Some vehicle manufacturers, such as BMW, Porsche, and Ferrari, have their own schools where they train Mechanics to work with the intricate designs of their automobiles.
Mechanics may also choose to take on a Red Seal certification. This certificate enables them to work in all areas of Canada while maintaining a high standard of quality service.