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Mechanic

Introduction

As a Mechanic, you will use a range of tools and engineering techniques to build, maintain and repair mechanical machinery and equipment. You will be using engineering drawings and diagrams to guide you.

Also known as

  • Mechanical Fitter

Work Activities

As a Mechanic, you will use a range of tools and engineering techniques to build, maintain and repair mechanical machinery and equipment. You will be using engineering drawings and diagrams to guide you.

Your duties could include:

  • servicing and repairing machinery
  • spotting damaged or worn mechanical parts
  • using precision measuring instruments to check parts for accuracy
  • using hand tools to cut, drill, shape and finish machine parts
  • some welding and soldering
  • testing the machinery or equipment to ensure it performs as it designed to
  • strictly following health and safety procedures
  • making sure all your work is of a high quality
  • completing documentation related to the work you have carried out
  • working as part of a team

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Mechanic, you'll need:

  • good practical skills
  • an interest in understanding how machines work
  • to understand technical information and diagrams
  • to be able to write reports, describing the repairs and services you have carried out
  • to understand and follow health and safety regulations
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £22,000 - £25,000
  • With experience: £28,000 - £34,000
  • Senior Mechanics earn £38,000 - £42,000

Hours of work

Mechanics usually work up to 39 hours a week, Monday to Friday. However, shift work, night and weekend work may be required. You may also be 'called out' if an essential piece of equipment breaks down.

Where could I work?

Employers are a broad range of manufacturing companies, public utilities and organisations such as hospitals or universities that may have a lot of mechanical equipment.

Opportunities for Mechanics occur with employers in towns and cities throughout the UK.

This career could involve working for an agency.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, trade industry publications, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Find a Job website.

Vacancies can also be found through specialist engineering recruitment agencies, internet job boards and the websites of professional engineering bodies.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

You can get straight into this career as a school leaver with GCSEs. You will train on-the-job, and might be able to work towards gaining a work-based qualification.

These can form part of an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship. Take a look at our article 'Apprenticeships - How do I apply?' for more details on applying for apprenticeship positions.

You will learn the skills and get the experience you need to become a skilled Mechanic.

Progression

As a Mechanic, you might be able to progress to a specialist posts or to Team Leader/Supervisor positions after further training and experience.

Work Experience

Previous experience working in these areas will be useful for this career:

  • plant maintenance
  • mechanical fault finding
  • reading and following engineering technical drawings
  • installation
  • manual machine operation

Qualifications

To get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, possibly including English and maths.

Various vocational qualifications could help you to stand out from the crowd, such as:

  • BTEC level 2 or level 3 - mechanical engineering
  • City & Guilds level 2 or level 3 - mechanical manufacturing engineering
  • City & Guilds level 2 or level 3 - engineering

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Those with skills gained in industrial production work have an advantage, including:

  • plant maintenance
  • mechanical fault finding
  • reading and following engineering technical drawings
  • installation
  • manual machine operation

Further Information

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

Tomorrow's Engineers

Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Address: Blue Court, Church Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8JP

Tel: 01923 260000

Email: ecitb@ecitb.org.uk

Website: careers.ecitb.org.uk

Scottish Engineering

Scottish enquiries

Address: 105 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QL

Tel: 0141 2213181

Email: consult@scottishengineering.org.uk

Website: www.scottishengineering.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

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