General Mechanic


A mechanic is typically certified by a trade association or regional government power. Mechanics may be separated into two classes based on the type of machines they work on, heavyweight and lightweight. Heavyweight work is on larger machines or heavy equipment, such as tractors and trailers, while lightweight work is on smaller items, such as automotive engines.



The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively in various industries making use of automotive repair and maintenance skills and to meet the challenges of the automotive industry and related environments.

The primary skill that is recognised in this qualification is the ability to apply the theory of repair and maintenance in order to conduct major servicing, repair and maintenance of vehicles and components.

This capability requires an understanding of basic repairing and maintenance theory, names and functions of fluids and lubricants, automotive components and how to read and interpret workshop manuals and workshop procedures. Hand skills also play an important role in this qualification and successful learners will need to apply hand skills in completing their tasks.

This qualification has been designed to accommodate learners from a wide area to make allowance for the wide range of vehicles currently available. This qualification can be achieved in one of the following specialisation areas:

  • Passenger Vehicles.
  • Commercial Vehicles.
  • Earthmoving Equipment.
  • Lift Trucks.
  • Motorcycles.Training and assessment will be contextualised to the specialisation area of the learner, and the learner will be required to prove competence in the specialisation area enrolled in.This qualification is the second progressive qualification for a motor mechanic and learners will be able to build on this qualification to achieve higher levels of automotive repair and maintenance in the same specialisation area.

    After achieving this qualification learners will be able to:

  • Communicate and solve problems in an automotive workshop.
  • Conduct work activities in an automotive context.
  • Repair and maintain vehicles.

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