Thinking of becoming an apprentice mechanic?
An apprentice mechanic can choose to do their mechanic apprenticeship as a light or heavy vehicle mechanic, or as a specialist mechanic in a particular area.
Many people who do a mechanic apprenticeship begin working in a light vehicle mechanic environment. Light vehicle motor mechanics service, repair and overhaul the mechanical parts of motor vehicles such as the engine, the transmission and the suspension systems.
Specialist mechanics tend to concentrate on specific areas of operation – for example the brakes and mufflers of a motor vehicle, or its air conditioning systems.
Becoming an Apprentice Mechanic – things to consider
An apprentice mechanic is generally required to have completed secondary school and achieved satisfactory grades in English, Maths, Science and preferably some trade / industrial arts subjects, before beginning a mechanic apprenticeship.
As they are involved in the intricate workings of a vehicle or machine, a mechanic needs to have a good eye for detail to spot and diagnose any malfunctions or potential malfunctions in equipment.
Ongoing developments in motor vehicle technology, means even after an apprentice mechanic completes their mechanic apprenticeship, they still need to keep up with the latest advances in motor industry technology. The fact that more and more of these advances involve things like onboard computers and other electronic controls, means the methods of diagnostics and repair have also changed to a degree.
However despite this fact, the work of a mechanic or an apprentice mechanic still requires the full use of their hands and fingers. And for anyone who works in a mechanic workshop – whether they’re a mechanic or an apprentice mechanic, protective clothing must be worn, as there is regular handling of chemicals and greasy items.
Naturally for those thinking of doing a motor vehicle mechanic apprenticeship it’s an advantage to have a keen interest in motor vehicles – and of course, important to have a driving license too!
Mechanic Apprenticeship and Bricklaying Apprenticeship
1. Will a mechanic apprenticeship or a bricklaying apprenticeship keep me more physically active?
Both trades require some level of physical fitness. However bricklaying would probably be the more physical of the two. So if you enjoy being active while keeping fit on the job – then an apprenticeship in bricklaying would definitely suit!
2. Between a mechanic apprentice and a bricklaying apprentice which one will allow me to spend more time outdoors?
Traditionally, mechanics spend most of their time in workshops while working on a job.
Bricklayers on the other hand work on site, so they generally get to enjoy the benefits of an open air, outdoor ‘working lifestyle’ more so than mechanics do.
3. A lot of people tend to seek out a mechanic apprenticeship. Is this because there are more job opportunities out there for mechanics than bricklayers?
In reality, the popularity of mechanic apprenticeships means there are actually more people competing for a job in the industry once they complete their apprenticeship.
On the flipside, there is an extremely high demand for bricklayers in Australia – which is only set to continue in to the future. Meaning, once you’ve successfully completed your bricklaying apprenticeship – chances are you’ll also have a stable job at the end of it. (You could say, the odds are totally ‘stacked’ in a brickies favour).
4. What career paths are on offer for an apprentice mechanic or apprentice bricklayer?
Becoming an apprentice mechanic and completing a mechanic apprenticeship can eventually lead to positions as service manager or adviser, a technical sales officer, or a diagnostic specialist; usually with a dealership of some type.
Completing a bricklaying apprenticeship, can be the first stepping stone to a lucrative career as a licensed professional builder – or even a building and construction boss. As well, there is ample opportunity for a bricklayer to become their own boss – heading their own bricklaying gang and running their own business. So if you’re looking for a great career path with high earning potential, a bricklaying apprenticeship is actually a great place to build yourself – into something really big!
5. I like working with my hands and seeing the results of my work. From this sense, will being a bricklayer apprentice – or an apprentice mechanic; give me more satisfaction?
Like most trade apprenticeship careers, both these trades provide a hands-on experience. However as motor industry technology becomes more and more reliant on computers and electronics in cars, the hands-on role for a mechanic has changed somewhat.
With bricklaying, there is less reliance on fixing things with tools because it involves a more ‘hand crafted’ approach. A bricklayer’s finished work is also visible for all to see (not excluding of course – to the one who did it!) So from this perspective too, bricklaying creates an added ‘visual satisfaction’ that most trade careers – such as the mechanical trade industry, just can’t replicate.
6. Do mechanic apprenticeships and bricklaying apprenticeships receive an equal amount of support in terms of funding and development?
There is currently a standard government subsidy of $4,000 provided to employers of new apprentices in traditional trade industries like motor mechanics and bricklaying.
Of added interest is that the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) provides an extra $3,000 to those employers who hire new bricklaying apprentices on top of the government subsidy (a total of $7,000). This makes it the only trade industry support body doing this for its apprentices – and ensures a more stable and secure training ground for bricklaying apprentices, when compared to other trade apprenticeships.
ABBTF also provide guidance and support in many other ways for any new or aspiring bricklayer apprentices throughout the term of the apprenticeship. By doing so, they maximise the apprentice’s chance of obtaining stable work – and building a stable career.
If you’re still undecided about whether you want to become an apprentice mechanic and enter a mechanic apprenticeship – it won’t hurt to check out other viable options available to you first.
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– and discover how becoming an apprentice bricklayer can lead to a fulfilling career path in the building and construction industry.
Feel free to contact ABBTF today – we’d be happy to talk to you and see if becoming a bricklaying apprentice over an apprentice mechanic, is the right choice for you.