How to write a Mechanic job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Mechanic job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Mechanic job titles

    Mechanic
    Senior Mechanic
    Commercial Vehicle Mechanic
    Mechanic (Part-Time)
    Automotive Technician

Mechanic job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Mechanic job summary

Our used car dealership is in need of an experienced, thorough Mechanic for our service and parts department. The successful candidate will be responsible for diagnosing and repairing myriad mechanical issues on customers’ cars, including AC and electrical problems. We’re looking for a well-trained and highly organised professional who takes pride in his or her work and can perform various customer service duties as required throughout the day. We employ between four and six mechanics at any given time, so we need a professional with a flexible schedule and a willingness to work overtime when needed.

Mechanic responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Mechanic responsibilities

    Greet customers when they arrive and take a detailed history of vehicle performance or mechanical failure
    Diagnose vehicles based on observational and mechanical testing as well as information provided by the customer
    Provide customers with detailed estimates for repairs and replacements and obtain signature approval prior to commencing work
    Repair vehicles based on the diagnosed issues and repair estimate
    Test drive vehicles after repairs are complete to ensure mechanical soundness and to determine whether any other problems exist
    Describe vehicle’s condition to customer and answer any follow-up questions
    File appropriate documentation on each repair

Mechanic qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Mechanic skills

    School leaver’s certificate required
    Motor vehicle repairer’s certificate preferred but not required
    3+ years of automotive repair experience
    Valid driver’s licence
    Excellent communication skills
    Knowledge of tools and equipment required to conduct all repairs
    Ability to operate diagnostic tools required

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