What Skills Do I Need To Be A Mechanic?


There are lots of skills needed to be a good mechanic. Read through the list below and see how many you have – be sure to include them on your CV so your future employer can see your potential!

  • Willingness to learn – this applies to both your qualifications and your hands on learning. You cannot work as a mechanic until you have completed your qualifications therefore an employer will want to see that you are committed to your studies and are dedicated to doing well in them. On the same note however practical experience is vital to assist your theory learning and it is really important that you show a willingness to learn every time an opportunity arises (and you remember what you have been taught!).
  • Mechanical knowledge – Most people who want to be a mechanic have an interest in cars/bikes etc and so have a basic understanding of how an engine runs and how different engine componants work together and what they do. This knowledge is essential and is something that will keep on growing as you gain more and more experience.
  • Good health – Mechanics spend most of their day on their feet, sometimes in the cold, bent over bonnets or led under cars and often trying to remove and replace parts in small engine compartments – it is important that you are agile and in good health so that you have the stamina to do this all day. It is also mandatory to have full colour vision.
  • Flexibility – It is good if you can be flexible particularly with regards to working hours. Most garages are open all day on a Saturday, some open Sundays too and it is common to have to work late or wait for a customer to collect their car at the end of the working day. If you can be flexible to allow for this you will be a greater asset to a future employer.
  • Organisational Skills – It is important that you can work in an organised manner, tools should be kept neat and tidy and paperwork completed carefully and submitted on time. You should be able to approach each job in an organised manner fixing one thing at a time and in a methodical order.
  • Adaptable – New cars are always coming out with new engines and new technologies, you need to be able to adapt your knowledge and experience to cater for this and be prepared to educate yourself if you have come across a new problem.
  • Problem solving – your job will be identifying where the fault is within broken vehicles to enable you to fix them so you need to be good at finding the solution!
  • Team Work & Working Alone- The ability to work both independently and as part of a team. It is important that you can work quickly in both situations as most garages charge per hour.
  • Strong communication skills – Mechanics need to be able to take and act upon an instruction, communicate back to their managers/customers and also their colleagues. It is also important that you can read technical manuals when required, follow written instructions and understand diagnostic information.
  • Health & Safety – An awareness of applicable health and safety regulations is essential.