Auto Mechanic

An auto mechanic (or car mechanic in British English and motor mechanic in Australian English) is a mechanic who specializes in automobile maintenance, repair, and sometimes modification. An auto mechanic may be knowledgeable in working on all parts of a variety of car makes or may specialize either in a specific area or in a specific make of car. In repairing cars, their main role is to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly. They often have to quote prices for their customers before co...


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Healthcare
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Hours per Week
70%
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Two Weeks
46 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

A high school diploma or the equivalent is typically the minimum requirement for someone to work as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Because automotive technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, some employers prefer automotive service technicians and mechanics who have completed a formal training program in a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.

Work Environment

Some mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Auto Mechanics frequently work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.

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Jun 10, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
To challenge myself. Also I love to solve problems it gives me great satisfaction being able to fix a car that has stumped other people.
Jul 3, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
It came from my natural passion of cars and from a background where I have always been around cars and fixing many of them as well.
What do you enjoy about being an Auto Mechanic?
The feeling when you have found a fault and fixed it. It gives you that sense of achievement which I really enjoy.
What special skills does it take to be an Auto Mechanic?
My ability to pickup skills very quickly after only having a couple attempts. If I can perfect the task myself quickly I do not tend to need anymore help.
Oct 4, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I have a passion for it as I grew up loving the hands on work and repairing issues and solving it.
Auto Mechanic Interview Questions and Answers
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1. What is your favorite car?
Top Answer
Toyota Innova
Second Best
Subaru Impreza WRX.
3.
mustang
4.
one i can afford
5.
El camino or Impala.
6.
Ferrari Enzo
7.
VW.
2. What do you dislike to do the most?
Top Answer
guess work
Second Best
Leaving my work unfinished.
3.
Leaving work unfinished, therefore that will create a mess in the workplace.
4.
Explaining the customer bad news.
5.
Lying about the job to the customer.
6.
Getting to the bolt that is not reachable with hands.
7.
work on cars
3. How long do you plan on being a mechanic?
Top Answer
till i can't do it anymore
Second Best
Ever since my first hands-on experience in a local mechanic shop. The experience gave me useful insights into the working of this industry and rekindled the passion to work with cars.
3.
Lifetime.
4.
My entire career.
5.
As long as my body can handle the work.
6.
Til death do we part.
7.
I plan on being a mechanic for the rest of my life.
4. How high of expectations do you put on your work?
Top Answer
10 out of 10.
Second Best
I put a very high expectation on the work that I do.
3.
My moto is to do it rite the first time rather then to do it over.
4.
Very high.
5.
Extremely high. I expect my work to be as good as the original manufacturer or better.
6.
My work expectations are always the same on every job i do. weather it be an oil change or an engine repair my moto is to do it rite the first time rather than do it over.
7.
I try to do my best with every job I do.
5. Do you take criticism well?
Top Answer
depends if it's constructive then that no problem
Second Best
Yes im very open to criticism help me to learn
3.
I take criticism verry well.
4.
It depends!
5.
If its contructive i will try to take on what i should be doing. if not i wont retaliate.
6.
As long as it meaning to help and not to down grade me.
7.
Yes very constructively. If i have a fault, i will do my best to improve it.
6. If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?
Top Answer
I will do as i have been told but would ask fore an explanation.
Second Best
I would go out my way to learn step by step how to complete in a different way by myself with my own skills and techniques.
3.
Do what you asked.
4.
Your the boss.
5.
Do it and also explain what other way i can have it done to achieve the sme goals.
6.
Aske how you would handle it.
7.
I would learn and go about doing the task.
7. Do you have any experience fixing dents?
Best Answer
Yes i do i have some experience with dent repair.
2.
Not real.
3.
No unfortunately.
8. Are you okay working with other people?
Best Answer
I have no problem working with people or taking on responsiblities by my self.
2.
yes ofcourse,I like to creat good communications with other people at work because if you want to work safely you'll need a perfect team work there.
3.
It depends on the conditions.
4.
Yes I like working with other people, its actually one of my strong suits.
9. Do you have the ability to see a finished product, before its done?
Best Answer
Yes when I do work on my cars I make sure it look and runs properly.
10. What was the toughest situation you've had fixing a car?
Top Answer
Car parts did not fit.
Second Best
Changing a gearbox on my own.
3.
Car parts did not fit.
4.
Not starting.
5.
I was replacing the engine in 1986 corvette which was a cut and dry situation so i thought, after removing the original engine i found that a lot of the bolts were not correct and this made the job difficult due to the fact that each one had to be measured and sized for correct fit this job took up a whole week to finish..
6.
Removing and refitting the gears in a gearbox.
7.
Diagnosing.
11. Do you have any experience refurbishing old cars?
Best Answer
Yes i do me and my dad partially restored a 1940's willys station wagon.
2.
no,I have never worked such types of cars.
3.
No but i would like to.
4.
Yes a little.
12. Sometimes we will be backed up and need someone to stay later, how often do you believe you would be okay staying past 5?
Top Answer
i am willing and ready to be prepared should this occasion happens.
Second Best
I will accept that this is my respnsebillity to get the job done.
3.
Few days a week and when ever i am not exhausted.
4.
Any time i am asked to do.
5.
Any day that i am requested to do so!
6.
Alignments.
13. Why did you want to become a mechanic?
Top Answer
When i was a chil i always interested in machinary because my father was a mechanic.I entered to State Oil Academy in Mechanical Engineering faculty.and after graduating the university i got my master's degree.That's why i want to be mechanic because this is my speciality,and i think i was born for this
Second Best
My passion.
3.
Enjoy fixing something that is broken.
4.
Because i like cars.
5.
I was always interested in cars;not only driving but also know how a car runs and repair them.
6.
I liked working on vehicles and exploring how they operate.
7.
To get a profession in view to change my situation economic.
14. How did you obtain your general knowledge of mechanics?
Top Answer
do mechanics get overtime?
Second Best
Playing need for speed.
3.
I did my attend Diesel Mechanic at Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology.
4.
when to college
5.
My grandfarther and farther first introduced me to it but i have always been mechanically inclined.
6.
By work experience and reading through books.
7.
I started working on cars at the age of 12. My father taught me, and I taught myself too. Once I got to highschool, I took an automotive class, and since then I've been gaining knowledge and experience.
15. What strong points do you have in mechanics?
Top Answer
I am willing to learn more and i do the job to the best of my ability.
Second Best
Fault finding.
3.
I am very dedicated to my work and loyal to my company.
4.
I like to learn new things all the time.
5.
I have customer service skills as well as a vast amount of patience. Computer skills are always a plus and being bi-lingual is a bonus.
6.
Good diagnostics electrical suspension.
16. Why do you want to work for our garage?
Top Answer
To learn more in this enviroment.
Second Best
Yes i do. It will be my pleasure to work for your garage.
3.
i like to be the best mechanic
4.
would like to work as part of a team
5.
I have wrenchs.
6.
New opportunity.
7.
I am looking for a new opportunity and would like to further my knowledge.
17. Who did you work for in the past?
Top Answer
Data technician.
Second Best
I can until I work for my family.
3.
I work for Rossing Uranuim limited.
4.
Auto electrical.
5.
Auto mechanic.
6.
I am currently self employed running my own work shop. Before that I worked in a dealership for six years.
7.
HI-REV motor Pte. Ltd, India.
18. How many times have you torn a part an engine, to fix it or just to see the parts inside?
Best Answer
I have torn apart and repaired many of broken engines.
2.
100 times.
3.
Plenty of times. Mostly because it had problems that needed to be resolved.
4.
More then ten times.
19. Could you work with little or no supervision?
Best Answer
Yes i can work with no supervision.
2.
I prefer to do my work with little supervision.
3.
Yes I do everyday.
20. How many years experience do you have working with cars?
Best Answer
10 years
2.
None.
3.
I recently just graduated out of a auto mechanic school.
4.
About 3 years!
5.
I grew up around then and it has been a hobby of mine ever since.
21. How well do you pay attention to details?
Top Answer
Not so much.
Second Best
Extremely.
3.
I pay attention to details very well.
4.
Very well.
5.
I pay attention to details very well.
6.
Very well.
22. When you make a mistake, how do you go about fixing it?
Top Answer
yuy
Second Best
I learn from it first. Then spend a few moments thinking about the best solution.
3.
depends on the cost putting it right and what's gone wrong
4.
Learn from your mistake talk to your supervisor fix the mistake in the shortest time.
5.
I rectify it and report myself.
6.
Looking for the best way to do it with patience.
7.
Try quickly to resolve the problem.
23. What was the toughest job you've done in the past?
Top Answer
When i was a mechanic in the refinery plant i repared the piston pums there.the toughest job was removing piston and piston rod from the liner
Second Best
Converting a 99 Honda Civic from automatic transmission to manual transmission. Gearbox and engine wiring loom had to be changed, also hole in floor had to be modified to accept manual gear lever and surround changed to suit.
3.
Replaced a transmission.
4.
Working under ground.
5.
Server Assistant and Cashier.
6.
Working for Wendy's Restaraunt because it wasn't a friendly work environment.
7.
Restoring a 1989 GMC surburban. Nothing was right with the electrical. And we had to make it carberated instead of fuel injected.
24. Lets say you put a muffler on wrong, you could let it go but you know in a day, or a week, it will start making loud noises, what do you do?
Top Answer
fix it
Second Best
fix it
3.
I will coves and correct my mistake.
4.
put it right before it goes out
5.
Fix the problum at my cost.
6.
Replace with the right muffler.
7.
Do it the right way.
25. What is your specialty?
Top Answer
Diagnostic.
Second Best
vw/ audi and interior/ audio work
3.
Engine performance.
4.
Supervising.
5.
Training and Supervising
6.
My Specialty is dealing with people,solving problems,and multi-tasking.
7.
Oil changes.