What does a Lead Mechanic do?

Mechanics perform the inspection and repair of vehicles, machinery, and light trucks. They examine, troubleshoot, restore, and maintain machines or vehicles and oversee the maintenance inspections, monitor inventory, assemble mechanical components, and perform repairs. Mechanics conduct routine maintenance on machinery, systems, or automotive vehicles. They often meet with clients to gain an understanding of their concerns and identify the issue of the machine, system, or vehicle.

Mechanics are responsible for the assembly of mechanical components according to their specifications and examine machines to oversee diagnostic tests that determine functionality problems or issues. They design a plan of action for any maintenance tasks or upgrades and maintain work logs, repairs, and maintenance records. They monitor the inventory in the shop and order new parts if necessary. They perform vehicle assessments and alert clients about issues that prohibit a vehicle from passing a state inspection. Often, they will consult on maintenance and preventative procedures for machine or vehicle users. Mechanics need a high school diploma and a certificate or associate’s degree in automotive technology or related fields.

EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

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Music TribeMusic Tribe
Innovation Mechanics Leader
20 Oct 2021

“Learning something new is common in Music Tribe and is the best part about working here.”

DICK'S Sporting GoodsDICK'S Sporting Goods
Bike Mechanic
13 Jul 2021

“My fellow coworkers had a great work ethic and a vast array of unique interests.”

Mark Miller ToyotaMark Miller Toyota
22 Sep 2021

“The manager is the best and most understanding stand up gentleman I have ever worked for.”

Savage ArmsSavage Arms
Mechanic B
3 Jun 2020

“great pay...like you won't find better pay anywhere else for what we do here”

20 Apr 2021

“there is nothing pros but salary is paid after 45 working days of the month.”

15 Jun 2021

“Nice place to work and friendly”

Crown HoldingsCrown Holdings
30 Sep 2020

“Great pay and work to life ratio is great.”

A&P Mechanic
27 Aug 2021

“Good good good good good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a lead mechanic

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The most common qualifications to become a lead mechanic is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.