What does a Mechanic do?

A mechanic performs general maintenance and repairs on cars, trucks, small engines and other transportation vehicles. Mechanics can specialize in maintenance services such as oil changes or repairs to automobile bodies, small engines, tires, diesel engines, brakes or transmissions. Most mechanics work for automotive garages or dealerships, though a significant number work independently.

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Working as a Mechanic

  • Inspect a vehicle's mechanical and electrical systems to determine causes of breakdown or disrepair.
  • Perform routine maintenance, such as oil or fluid change and tire rotation.
  • Install new engine or electrical components in accordance with manufacturer specifications.
  • Utilize vehicle computer systems to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair engine components.
  • Provide outstanding levels of customer support during all phases of the repair process.
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How much does a Mechanic make in the United States?

25.4k salaries reported, updated at June 21, 2021
$18.47
per hour

The average salary for a mechanic is $18.47 per hour in the United States and $6,750 overtime per year.

Overtime
$6,750
per year

Most common benefits

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional development assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Relocation assistance
  • Employee discount
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Mechanic

What is the job outlook for mechanics?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of job growth among mechanics is expected to be about the same as the average for all occupations over the next decade. This roughly translates into 46,000 new jobs, a 6% increase between 2016 and 2026. The demand for diesel mechanics is much higher at about 12% over the same period.

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Where do mechanics work?

Mechanics work in a variety of settings depending on the nature of their positions. Most commonly, mechanics work in automotive repair garages. Others work for car rental services or dealerships. Still, others work independently and, in the case of tractor-trailer breakdowns, frequently perform on-site roadside repair.

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What types of engines do mechanics encounter?

Mechanics aren't limited to working on automobiles. Small engine mechanics work on smaller equipment, such as golf carts, lawnmowers, chainsaws and leaf blowers. Heavy vehicle mechanics maintain and repair tractor-trailers and farm machinery. Diesel mechanics specialize in increasingly complex diesel engines found in buses, planes and large trucks.

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What is a Master Mechanic? Should I become one?

Can mechanics specialize in areas of automotive repair?