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Become An Apprentice Mechanic

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Working As An Apprentice Mechanic

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $43,931

    Average Salary

What Does An Apprentice Mechanic Do At Ball Corporation/Ball Aerospace

* Complies with established job safety practices, policies, and procedures as specified in plant and corporate directives for safe performance of the work assignment.
* Must be available to work night shift, 12-hours on a 3
* schedule.
* Supports and follows the guidelines of the food safety system.
* Installs, maintains, and troubleshoots machinery and tooling.
* Ensures that parts and tooling are in accordance with instructions, prints, and work orders.
* May be required to make drawings or sketches of parts to be made or repaired.
* Proficient in the use of all shop equipment to install, maintain, and troubleshoot machinery and tooling.
* Interprets drawings, calculates, and determines indices, tapers, and other dimensions to be used for part(s), working raw materials into finished dimensions with exact tolerances per print.
* Performs layout work as required.
* Receives tools and paperwork; establishes and maintains logbooks.
* Selects, grinds, and adjusts tools ensuring correct speeds and feed rates of tooling for efficient machining.
* Ensures that parts and tooling are in accordance to precision requirements for both tolerance and finish.
* Sets up and operates machine tools, lathes, and grinders.
* Performs dismantling, fitting or assembly work required for maintenance of production equipment.
* Repairs and maintains all assigned machines and equipment including preventative maintenance.
* Performs organizational duties including maintaining an organized and clean work area.
* Communicates pertinent information to next shift.
* Performs clean-up, painting, and housekeeping duties.
* Performs welding and heat treating as needed.
* May monitor supply conditions and informs management as necessary.
* May provide support for plant facilities maintenance.
* Initiates, reviews, and follows all standard operating procedures (SOPs) for area of responsibility

What Does An Apprentice Mechanic Do At W. R. Grace

* Operate forklift and powered industrial trucks
* Performs precision repairs to plant mechanical equipment and devices
* Troubleshoots plant equipment, identifies equipment problems, and performs effective repairs
* Performs preventive maintenance
* Performs some predictive maintenance tasks
* Disassembles and reassembles equipment to gain access to and remove and replace defective parts
* Examines parts to detect imperfections
* Evaluates used parts
* Installs, adjusts, and aligns machinery
* Fabricates some new parts
* Sets up and operates, presses, grinders, shop tools, hand tools, and other metalworking tools to make and repair parts
* Uses acetylene, plasma cutter, or other burning equipment
* Performs welding using stick, mig, tig, or other welding procedures
* Performs crane signaling and rigging of tools or equipment
* Fabricates and installs piping systems
* Enters Confined Spaces to perform assigned work
* Operates forklift, elevated work platforms, and other equipment
* Reads and interprets drawings & sketches

What Does An Apprentice Mechanic Do At Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

* Initiates and pays jackpots and slot machine paper fills.
* Redeems slot vouchers for cash.
* Provide customer service by breaking bills, answering questions, giving directions, or requesting assistance; support all marketing initiatives and floor promotions.
* Service slots by performing minor repairs.
* Direct and dispatch other team members to events identified by the slot dispatch system.
* Observe slot play and assure Slot Department security.
* Other duties as assigned.

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How To Become An Apprentice Mechanic

Employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a formal training program at a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.


High school courses in automotive repair, electronics, computers, and mathematics provide a good background for prospective service technicians. However, high school graduates typically need further training to become fully qualified.

Completing a vocational or other postsecondary education program in automotive service technology is considered the best preparation for entry-level positions. Programs usually last 6 months to a year and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Short-term certificate programs in a particular subject, such as brake maintenance or engine performance, are also available.

Some service technicians get an associate’s degree. Courses usually include mathematics, electronics, and automotive repair. Some programs add classes in customer service and other necessary skills.

Various automobile manufacturers and dealers sponsor associate’s degree programs. Students in these programs typically spend alternating periods attending classes full time and working full time in service shops under the guidance of an experienced technician.


Service technicians who have graduated from postsecondary programs in automotive service technology generally require little on-the-job training.

Those who have not completed postsecondary education, however, generally start as trainee technicians, technicians’ helpers, or lubrication workers. They gradually acquire more knowledge and experience by working with experienced mechanics and technicians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. No formal test preparation is required, but many trade schools, unions, and employer associations offer training programs designed for the EPA exam.

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the standard credential for service technicians. Certification demonstrates competence and usually brings higher pay. Many employers require their service technicians to become certified.

ASE certification is available in nine different automobile specialty areas: automatic transmission/transaxle, brakes, light vehicle diesel engines, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air-conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and suspension and steering.

To become certified, technicians must have at least 2 years of experience (or relevant schooling and 1 year of experience) and pass an exam. Technicians who achieve certification in all of the foregoing areas (light vehicle diesel engine certification is not required) may earn ASE Master Technician status.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Service technicians must discuss automotive problems—along with options to fix them—with their customers. Because workers may depend on repeat clients for business, they must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Service technicians must be aware of small details when inspecting or repairing vehicle systems, because mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments or other easy-to-miss causes.

Dexterity. Service technicians perform many tasks that require steady hands and good hand-eye coordination, such as assembling or attaching components and subassemblies.

Mechanical skills. Service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often must take apart major parts for repairs and be able to put them back together properly.

Organizational skills. Service technicians must keep workspaces clean and organized in order to maintain safety and ensure accountability of parts.

Physical strength. Service technicians must sometimes lift and maneuver heavy parts such as engines and body panels.

Troubleshooting skills. Service technicians must be able to use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components in order to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

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Apprentice Mechanic Career Paths

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Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Journeyman/Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Electrician Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Delivery Driver Installation Technician
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Welder Millwright Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Service Technician General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Apprentice Electrician Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Welder Fitter Foreman
9 Yearsyrs
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Apprentice Mechanic Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • German

  • French

  • Carrier

  • Polish

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Burmese

  • Mandarin

  • Thai

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Top Skills for An Apprentice Mechanic


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Top Apprentice Mechanic Skills

  1. Car Parts
  2. Oil Changes
  3. Diesel Engines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Locate and retrieve/disassemble requested car parts from the company's vast inventory Assist supervisor mechanic with installing car parts
  • Oil changes, inspections, detail cleaning, and day to day shop operations.
  • Repaired and maintained diesel engines on buses.
  • Followed all safety rules and procedures that are regulated by the state, OSHA, and contractor.
  • Assisted in auto repair and maintenance; motor and major assembly rebuilding, grinding valves, and engine tune-ups.

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