Mechanic Jobs In Australia
Are you a qualified motor mechanic in Australia thinking about a new mechanic jobs? Or maybe you’re simply curious about your options as your career progresses?
Either way, at Techs On The Move we speak your language. We come from automotive, we only work in automotive, and we love our industry. Our passion is helping automotive technicians find roles that motivate them to grow as professional tradespeople, in businesses that want to see their careers flourish. Weirdly enough though, we are not recruiters – that’s not how we roll.
Before we start breaking it down, let’s get to a few basics.
The key to loving your job
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It might seem weird for us to talk about how important it is for technicians to love their jobs, and we know it’s a bit cheesy, but we believe it’s worth focusing on.
We talk to technicians in workshops all over Australia, and we also talk to their supervisors. The most obvious difference between techs that are happy and enjoying their work and those that aren’t, and those whose supervisors are happy and those that aren’t, is the way they look at their role and what they are trying to achieve. There’s no attempt at a self-help guide here, just a simple observation:
Automotive technicians who are driven to improve their mastery of their trade, eager to show their professionalism to their peers, and are excited about their automotive futures are always happier people that get better results at work and the praise of their supervisors.
The awesome thing about this observation is that anyone can be that person. It’s not about how many years are under your belt, or how many training certificates are in your bench draw. Anyone from an apprentice on up can show up to work being driven and professional about what they do, and it works wonders.
Unsurprisingly, this mindset is also what our clients across the country want the most, and what we’re trying to identify and inspire in our candidates.
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The top 5 things to know about seeking mechanic jobs in Australia
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Job ads are dead
When automotive businesses advertise online or elsewhere looking for technicians, it’s usually because they have nowhere else to turn in the hunt for good staff, or because they have found themselves short staffed at short notice.
Think about it though – if you are a driven motor mechanic looking to expand your career with a forward thinking, progressive business then this isn’t the best way to start a relationship that will hopefully last for years. The sort of business you want to work with should always be interested in what you have to offer, not just when they’re backed into a corner. The well-known skills shortage in our industry means that any really desirable employer is constantly paying attention when a technician with the right attitude and skills makes themselves known. Rather than thinking “what mechanic jobs near me are available?”, think about where you really want to be.
Keep it classy
Ever been told that the worst way to sell something is by bagging the competition? Or to sell on strengths rather than others’ weaknesses? This message is preached because the negativity of doing things the other way makes it pretty much impossible for a salesperson not to look deceptive and untrustworthy, and to damage the value of what they are trying to sell. It doesn’t matter what the item is – a phone, a car, a house, anything – you can’t sell through negativity.
The same can be said when you’re looking for a new job – bag your current employer and you’ll destroy your own credibility and value. It’s much better to say that “my current manager has resisted helping me to expand my career and gain new skills” than to say “my current manager is a dickhead and the whole business sucks.” Fall into that trap and you’re shooting yourself in the foot – it’s impossible to look good.
Leave for the right reasons
Motor mechanics too often leave their jobs for the wrong reasons, even though it’s understandable. The common ones are:
– They believe they are underpaid but can’t adequately show why this is the case
– They find that another employee earns more than them and their pride kicks in
– Slow business periods that result in low overtime or bonus are unreasonably held against management
– The performance of co-workers (sometimes techs, but it could be service advisors etc as well)
Before you leave the page cussing us out for not wanting techs to get paid, that couldn’t be any further from the truth. We’ve been campaigning for techs to be better paid for decades, and firmly believe that the skills shortage in our industry has a lot to do with this.
However, technicians don’t always handle themselves well with these issues. If you think you’re underpaid, can you make a business case for why you deserve a pay rise – one that doesn’t reference the time you’re been with your employer or make a comparison to anyone else you work with? How does your effort benefit the business, and what do you add to the bottom line?
Similarly, if you’ve been frustrated by management or co-workers, have you worked hard to improve the things you’re critical of and tried to lead positive change, or have you merely pointed these things out and made them other people’s problems? Do that and you’ll be doing the same thing for the rest of your working life and never getting a win.
If you’ve decided to find a new motor mechanic job and some of these issues sound familiar, best you have an honest shot at fixing them first. Even if it doesn’t work and you end up leaving anyway, you’ll learn from the experience and be able to explain what you tried to achieve to your next employer.
Think long term
If you’re just looking for any old auto mechanic jobs, there’s a million out there. Finding a role that pays OK and won’t push you too hard isn’t difficult.
That’s fine, but there’s not much to get excited about. There’s more to going to work than getting paid and staying out of trouble Monday to Friday. When you’re thinking about a new job, why not think as well about what job you’d really like to have in 5 years? Or 10? If you don’t want to be doing the same damn thing 5 or 10 years later that you do today, you’ve got to plan accordingly right now. And that means you should be very selective about where you work and what you might be able to achieve with them in the future.
Drive and professionalism
As one of our favourite service managers often reminds us, “you can teach someone to fix a car but you can’t teach them a good attitude. I’ll take the tech with the good attitude every day of the week.”
This is kind of our thing. It doesn’t matter if you’re still green as a tradesperson in the automotive industry, or a master technician who’s seen it all. The most engaging, impressive and satisfied technicians are those who know exactly why they bother to show up every morning, and carry themselves like leaders of their field that should be respected. That doesn’t mean arrogance, it means confidence – show others how much you love the job and want them to do the same, and the results will follow.
Who we help
We are always looking out for automotive technicians that we think our clients across Australia would love to have in their workshop teams. There’s no set formula here, as the needs of every workshop and business are different, but as a rule of thumb we’re after motor mechanics who:
- Have a solid qualification in their specific trade, usually an Australian Certificate III or better. If not, excellent industry experience will be necessary
- Have been in their trade for at least 3 years, which can simply be a recognised apprenticeship. A great candidate need not have decades of experience on the tools (but it doesn’t hurt!)
- Ideally have some additional training under their belt, be it manufacturer accreditation, or some other form of post-qualification learning that sets them apart. Electric vehicle training in particular is a focus for lots of employers in automotive
- Embody our two key character elements – drive and professionalism. These are techs that turn up to the workshop in the morning like they mean it, expecting to learn and help those around them achieve goals
What we do
Techs On The Move works to help skilled and experienced technicians find car mechanic jobs they want in Australian automotive. We do this because we come from the industry ourselves and love it, and because we know there’s a massive skills shortage out there. We help techs from abroad to come and work down under, but we also give Australian motor mechanics every chance to work with us in achieving the career goals they have.
If you’re an Aussie technician thinking about a change but you’re not too sure what the best option is, or what possibilities might be out there, we’d love to talk. There’s no fees or pressure, but we’d love to get to know you a bit – what’s your experience, what makes you tick, and what are you working towards?
From there, if you’ve got the skills and attitude our clients around the country are looking for, we’d love to welcome you into our Candidate Pool. This digital platform works a bit like a dating website for motor mechanics – we create a profile for you complete with a short video introduction we film with you so there’s more than just a CV in the mix. Some of the country’s most desirable employers subscribe to the Candidate Pool and trust it as a reliable source for quality technicians that are focused and motivated.
The major point here is that we’re not responding to job boards, and we’re not advertising positions; instead, the Candidate Pool allows our clients to constantly review technicians looking for a great job, and if you’re a great match for their business, they’ll probably make room for you. They understand that building a great team is not often done when they have hired on the run and in a rush, but when they take opportunities to hire the best people available.
What we aren’t
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It might seem strange to point these things out, but we know we do things a bit differently. Here’s three things Techs On The Move doesn’t do:
Passive job searching
This is the term used by recruitment agencies that keep a person’s CV on file and constantly market new jobs to them all the time. LinkedIn does the same thing. These jobs could be coming directly to these agencies from employers, but most of the time they are simply pulled from online jobs boards showing mechanic job vacancies. In short then, passive job searching is actively trying to move people from one job to another as regularly as possible – no focus on the long term, no regard for a person’s career and professional development, and usually because there’s recruitment fees involved. Speaking of which:
As Techs On The Move are not recruiters, we don’t charge recruitment fees. When someone accepts a job from one of our clients in the Candidate Pool, the employer pays a one-off administrative fee that’s much lower than a recruiter’s fee, and there’s no conditions around it. We do it this way because we don’t want to see anyone’s salary being impacted by such a transaction.
Deal with employers we wouldn’t work for ourselves
We’ve been around automotive for decades, and we know who the country’s most desirable employers are. With the shortage of motor mechanics Australia has long been experiencing, there’s no need for us to deal with employers that we wouldn’t want to work for ourselves – why would we put any of our candidates in a position we wouldn’t be happy with?
What automotive employers in Australia do we work with?
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Our clients represent a wide range of branded franchises in dealerships across the country, as well as a host of independent repairers of different sizes and specialisations.
If you’re a dealer-experienced technician considering a new role and keen to stay on with a manufacturer, or maybe this is the part of the industry you’d like to get into, we have you covered. Many of our clients are the country’s largest automotive dealer groups, with franchises across European brands such as BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover, as well as Japanese and Korean manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Honda, Mitsubishi and Subaru. We also work with Ford and CJD dealers, and prestige franchises like Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche.
If your experience lies instead with independent repairers or franchise repairers, or you’re considering a more into this market segment, we’ve still got the contacts for you. Whether you’re not long out of your time as an apprentice, or you have years in your trade and want to crank things up a notch with a new employer away from the manufacturer backed environment, there’s plenty of demand for your experience.
Check this out in more detail here: https://www.techsonthemove.com.au/job-seekers/jobs/
Being a part of the A team
Every decent workshop manager is looking to build their own A team. Exactly what this means will differ from one workshop to another, but by and large it’s getting all the right techs on place (with the proper support) all working off one another to deliver maximum efficiency and great outcomes for the customer. Everyone knows their role and plays it to a tee, each technician being one pivotal cog in a very well-oiled machine.
Why would we point this out here? If you’re a driven and professionally minded motor mechanic you should want to be part of an A team in your current workshop, and if that’s not proving possible it should be your focus in the next. It’s always nice to stand out from the pack if you’re good at what you do, but that will only get you so far if leading by example and inspiring others to success is your goal – which it should be.
This means that when you’re looking for a move you should want to know about the other people in the workshop already. What’s the mix of techs like? How is success measured, and who is responsible for driving it? How long have the senior figures been in place, and how committed to the cause are they?
Don’t be afraid to ask these questions when you get into the right moment to do so. The best-case scenario is that you get the right answers and your interviewer is impressed you’re thinking that way; in the worst-case scenario, you’ll realise that your search for a new role isn’t done yet.
Drive and professionalism
This is the last time we’ll bang on about it – promise!
Techs way too often focus only on their specific technical skills and accomplishments. Whilst these are very important and the basis of success in the trade, servicing and repairing cars isn’t done in a vacuum – you’ve got to bring strong and compelling character traits to the mix to cut it in a real world workshop.
When a workshop manager is frustrated with a technician in their team, or can’t seem to get the best out of them no matter their mechanical strengths, it usually comes down to drive. Why does that tech come to work every day? What makes them tick? If it’s a pay check and little else the relationship is doomed to fail and that mechanic will likely bounce from one workshop to another, bitter and unhappy and probably earning less money than those that show up for work for more than just an income.
You probably got into being a mechanic because of passion, but this will be challenged by everyday life. Put something solid in its place that you can be proud of.
Ever been called a grease monkey and hated it? Us too.
Those in the know understand that being an automotive technician is a complex trade that requires a combination of old-school know how and modern technical sophistication. Now more than ever, this is not a job that any old person can perform with years of very deliberate and careful study; it’s also an occupation that evolves not just in line with the incredible technology of today’s cars, but with the increasing focus of technicians working directly with vehicle owners to understand and respect the incredible cars they tootle around in.
The old grease monkey term just doesn’t cut it – those in mechanical technician jobs operating at the top of their field can and should consider themselves professionals in their field, commanding the respect of that terms and living up to its standards.
In an every-day setting, this means professional technicians should:
- Focus on what they can improve on and how that will benefit the team they are a part of
- Look to involve others in the process of their own improvement
- Be excited for development opportunities no matter where they come from or if they’re not easy
- Expect those around them to treat them and their trade with respect, but be worthy of it in the way they hold themselves and treat others
The bottom line is this: technicians that carry themselves as professionals and make their drive easy for others to see will go places and get noticed.
Why does Techs On The Move charge technicians when they enter the Candidate Pool?
We believe that our Candidate Pool offers automotive technicians a unique and valuable opportunity to showcase themselves to the country’s most desirable employers. Every Australian or New Zealand candidate that goes into the Pool benefits first from extensive preparation and consultation with one of our industry experts, and gets their full backing in the hunt for the best role possible – not just any old role. And, our clients love seeing local techs that have invested into the process of finding the most suitable job to expand their career they can, and our candidates come across with substantially more appeal than anyone that’s taken 2 minutes to respond to an online jobs board ad.
Why is working with Techs On The Move any better than just finding a job myself?
Some mechanics do have the right contacts or resourcefulness to go out there and get the vehicle technician job that they have decided is for them, and that’s awesome. We’re not trying to get in their way. We’re here to assist motor mechanics who aren’t quite sure where to look for the next big thing, who perhaps could use another perspective in thinking about where they’re at and where they could be.
And, importantly, we have no interest in forcing ourselves on anyone that doesn’t want our help. If you get in contact with us but it turns out maybe we aren’t right for you, no harm done! We’ll always happily invest the time to see how we can help, and if it’s not meant to be that is fine – no upfront fees, no big commitments.
This sounds good but I’m an apprentice – can you help me?
Unfortunately not, as there are additional complexities around apprenticeship programs that are very specialist and beyond the scope of our business. That being said, if what we say above on this page is hitting home and you’re still working toward your trade certification, you are absolutely the sort of person we are looking for and that our clients want to meet. Please don’t hesitate to drop us a line and keep in touch.
You say you don’t charge recruitment fees, so how do you get paid?
We don’t charge a traditional recruiter’s fee, and that’s one of the reasons why our services are appreciated by technicians and workshop managers alike – wages for our vehicle technician jobs aren’t impacted by our fees, and managers don’t get big invoices when our candidates start work.
Instead, we charge a subscription fee to our clients for them to access the Candidate Pool, which costs no more than an average online job ad per month and can be spread across multiple workshops where businesses are in such a position. We charge an administrative fee when technicians accept jobs through our Candidate Pool, but it’s a small portion of a traditional recruitment fee. We also help technicians from countries other than Australia and New Zealand find work here, and as registered migration agents, there’s an income stream there as well.
We’ve got nothing to hide, and no dodgy secrets.