The general responsibilities of a journeyman/mechanic are to conduct maintenance procedures and repairs on light vehicles. They use a variety of tools and methods to identify vehicle problems and determine the best way to solve them, which include checking the vehicle's computer systems, conducting visual inspections, and test driving the vehicle.
A journeyman/mechanic is also responsible for ensuring compliance with legal guidelines on workplace safety and environmental responsibility. Moreover, they may serve as a supervisor for apprentices and mechanics-in-training, which entails inspecting their work and helping them build their skills.
Before one can become a journeyman/mechanic, one must first have at least a high school diploma and a certificate from an accredited apprenticeship program in automotive repair or maintenance. Apprenticeships usually include 144 hours of classroom instruction and around six months of on-the-job training wherein an apprentice will learn the basics of automotive repair.
The average salary of a journeyman/mechanic ranges from $33,000 to $66,000. One can increase their job opportunities and earning potential by acquiring more skills through national certifications, or additional experience through internships.