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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.

Course requirements


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

NQF Level Status


Subjects/Course Modules

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

Assessment and Duration

 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

Student must complete 2 internal assessments to contribute towards your term mark (ICASS mark) and must achieve 40% and above to qualify for final exam sitting

Achievement and Award

The following certificate is awarded by Umalusi upon successful completion of each level:

  • Certificate of Achievement N1: Engineering Studies

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