Auto Mechanic

What Does an Auto Mechanic Do?

Mechanics diagnose, repair, and maintain automotive vehicles which may include cars, buses, or trucks. A mechanic is willing to get their “hands dirty,” which is necessary for working under the hood and taking apart and assembling auto parts. Auto mechanics are required to stay informed about the newest technologies regarding vehicles in a changing industry and be up to date on recent safety requirements. Places of employment include auto body shops, garages, car dealerships, rental agencies, inspection stations, and driving services.

Related fields include diesel mechanics, motorboat repair, valve mechanics, and motorcycle repair.


  • A High School Equivalency degree is needed
  • Certification in auto mechanics is preferred


It’s helpful to find a speciality in this field which may include brakes, tires, emissions, transmissions, and diagnostics.


An internship or apprenticeship in auto mechanics is normal for the industry, and on the job training is common.

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