Job Spotlight: Mechanic

Fix up your career with a mechanic position!

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.


In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re getting into the nuts and bolts of what it means to be a mechanic.

Required Education: Employers often prefer mechanics who have completed a program at a trade school, and industry certification is frequently required once an individual is hired.


Although pay varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), mechanics can make as much as $60,000 per year or more. Some mechanics also work for themselves, potentially earning more while setting their own schedule.

What Mechanics Do:

Mechanics deal with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Working on a variety of vehicle types, including building and assembling mechanical components
  • Repairing common mechanical issues in vehicles
  • Running diagnostic tests to discover potential issues

What Companies Look for in Mechanics

Every position is different, but many companies need the following skills and attributes:

  • Proven experience as a mechanic
  • Aptitude in various hand tools and machinery
  • Valid certification (ASTE) preferred
  • Good communication skills
  • Commitment to health and safety guidelines

Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about Mechanic jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office,  download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.

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