What does a Mechanic do?

Mechanics perform the inspection and repair of vehicles, machinery, and light trucks. They examine, troubleshoot, restore, and maintain machines or vehicles and oversee the maintenance inspections, monitor inventory, assemble mechanical components, and perform repairs. Mechanics conduct routine maintenance on machinery, systems, or automotive vehicles. They often meet with clients to gain an understanding of their concerns and identify the issue of the machine, system, or vehicle.

Mechanics are responsible for the assembly of mechanical components according to their specifications and examine machines to oversee diagnostic tests that determine functionality problems or issues. They design a plan of action for any maintenance tasks or upgrades and maintain work logs, repairs, and maintenance records. They monitor the inventory in the shop and order new parts if necessary. They perform vehicle assessments and alert clients about issues that prohibit a vehicle from passing a state inspection. Often, they will consult on maintenance and preventative procedures for machine or vehicle users. Mechanics need a high school diploma and a certificate or associate’s degree in automotive technology or related fields.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
11%
5 - 7
1%
8+
83%

Common Skill Sets

Exhaust Systems
Aircraft Systems
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Aircraft Avionics
CDL
Disassembly
Air Induction
ASE Certified

Mechanic Seniority Levels

L2
Mechanic
$47,822/yr
L3
Senior Mechanic
$53,236/yr
L4
Lead Mechanic
$57,293/yr
Welder
3% made the transition
Heavy Equipment Operator
8% made the transition
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Mechanic Salaries

Average Base Pay

$47,822 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$32K
Median: $48K
$72K
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