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National Certificate N1-N3:Motor Mechanic-Petrol

Motor Mechanic Career

Motor mechanics play an important role in our society. Look around you and you will come across an engine either in a workshop, plant or from every vehicle type that you pass on the road. This already implies that there are lots of opportunities for growth as a motor mechanic.

Motor mechanics maintain and repair motorcars, buses, trucks and other vehicles. Motor mechanics are hands on people and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. As a motor mechanic you will need to understand the workings of an engine (petrol or diesel), the components, how to dismantle and assemble them etc.

Duties of a motor mechanic


The following are the common duties that are done by motor mechanics:

  • You will be involved in the repairing of vihicles as well as servicing vehicles booked into the workshop
  • You be be conducting duties such as stripping of machine parts, fitting and replacing components on vehicles brought for repairs or service.
  • You need to be a people’s person as you will time and again interact with customers about problems they are experiencing with regards to their vehicles
  • You will carry out inspections and reconditioning of vehicles
  • You will be trained to understand the SOPs of the company including checklist, workflow etc to ensure that all key mechanical work has been done
  • You will need to be able to do some administration work with regards to capturing all information on any system a company uses concerning any work carried out in the workshop.

How to qualify as a motor mechanic


To qualify as a motor mechanic you need to obtain both theoretical and practical aspects of the course. We only offer the theoretical aspects at ET College. After completion of your studies, you will obtain a National Certificate-Engineering studies be it in N1, N2 or N3.

Course requirements


N1: Grade 9 or 10 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or relevant experience or an equivalent qualification

N2: N1 Engineering Studies or 11 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification

N3: N2 Engineering Studies or Grade 12 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification

NQF Level Status

 N1 – SAQA ID 67109– NQF LEVEL 1

N2 – SAQA ID 67375– NQF LEVEL 2

N3 – SAQA ID 67491– NQF LEVEL 3

Subjects/Course Modules

  • Mathematics N1-N3
  • Engineering Science N1-N3
  • Motor Trade Theory N1-N3
  • Engineering Drawings N1-N3


Assessment and Duration

 There are two types of assessments: The internal assessment conducted by the college and the national assessment which is the final exam.

  • Internal assessment comprises of two tests-Test 1 and Test 2 and the student must obtain a minimum pass of 40%. This assessment qualifies you to sit for the final exam. This assessment is marked by the college.
  • Final assessment which is the national exam from the DHET. The exam is a single exam written mostly in the morning at a specified exam centre. The assessment is marked by DHET.

National Exams are conducted by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and also monitored by Umalusi. The course takes from 3-6 months or 1-2 trimesters. You can write all the subjects at once or split them. There are three trimesters in a year:

  1. Trimester 1: January to April 
  2. Trimester 2: May to August
  3. Trimester 3 September to December


Achievement and Award

The following certificates are awarded by upon successful completion of each level:

  • Certificate of Achievement N1: Engineering Studies
  • Certificate of Achievement N2: Engineering Studies
  • National N3 Certificate: Engineering Studies

How to Register for motor mechanic N1-N3 course

We offer the course through distance learning or what some call home study or correspondence. We support you with study material and you only come for the final exams. Download our forms to get all the necessary information from fees, study material, exam venues etc.


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