Motor Mechanic (General) incl Automotive Air Conditioning Technician

  • Westlakes Recruitment
  • New Zealand
  • 30/04/2021
EOI - Expression of Interest Trades

Job Description


MOTOR MECHANICS repair, maintain and test motor vehicle and other internal combustion engines and related mechanical components.

Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters are excluded from this unit group. Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters are included in Unit Group 8994 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters. 

Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below. 

In Australia: 

AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
In New Zealand:NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required. 

Tasks Include: 

      • detecting and diagnosing mechanical and electrical faults in engines and parts
      • dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts
      • repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembling mechanical components, and referring to service manuals as needed
      • performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups, to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations
      • reassembling engines and parts after being repaired
      • testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance
      • diagnosing and testing parts with the assistance of computers
      • may inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or detail work required to achieve roadworthiness
      • may respond to vehicle breakdown service calls


Alternative Title:Automotive Light Mechanic
Maintains, tests and repairs petrol engines and the mechanical parts of lightweight motor vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 3 


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A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years' relevant post-qualification work experience