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Diesel / Automotive Mechanic

Some councils have their own workshops and employ mechanics to maintain and repair cars, trucks and specialist vehicles.

Jen Barren

Eric Taylor is an apprentice diesel mechanic – “My main job is in maintaining and servicing the council fleet of vehicles. Before I worked at Launceston City Council I didn’t realize that Council even had a workshop or crews. I’ve always been interested in mechanical things, I did metalwork and woodwork at school and a pre-vocational course in automotive. I did work experience in the area which all helped me get the apprenticeship I was after. The thing I love most about my job is the satisfaction you get when you have to suss out how to fix a vehicle and you get it going again. That’s great.”

Training available in Tasmania

  • Certificate III Automotive with with appropriate specialisation in Light Vehicle mechanical Technology or Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Technology see for example TasTAFE.


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