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Mechanics: experts with a broad range of tasks
Mechanics perform a broad variety of tasks. Depending on their specialisation, e.g. plant mechanics, mechatronics, electromechanics or tool mechanics, they may be employed with companies from different industries, such as plant construction, mechanical engineering, medical engineering or the automotive industry.
Which opportunities do mechanics have on the labour market?
Due to the current shortage of skilled workers, especially at industrial companies, qualified mechanics have good chances to start a career at an attractive company, regardless of their specialisation. Therefore, they usually find a job immediately after having completed their training. The situation of mechanics depends on their location and the density of companies. For instance, mechanics specialising in motor vehicles (e.g. mechatronics engineers) have particularly good prospects in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.
What are the tasks and responsibilities of mechanics?
The main task of mechanics is to assemble, maintain and repair devices, components and entire machines. As there are many specialisations for this profession, the actual tasks strongly depend on the industry. Mechanics may, for example, perform their tasks sitting at the tool table or be more physically active, e.g. by operating large machines.
- Technical drawing
- Manufacturing of components by means of milling machines, cutting torches, etc.
- Assembly tasks, potentially involving travel activities
- Functionality tests
- Modification/adjustment of plants
Which hard skills and soft skills should mechanics have?
Mechanics must have an appropriate qualification, e.g. as an industrial mechanic or a cutting machine operator. They should enjoy practical work and possess good craft skills. As planning and calculation is part of their daily business as well, mechanics should also have good abstraction abilities.
Furthermore, they require good organisational skills to ensure accurate, correct testing and assembly processes.
- Sound knowledge of industry-specific tools, devices and procedures
- IT skills
- A good technical understanding
- Care and attention to avoid accidents
- Team spirit
- Physical fitness and capacity
- English skills (e.g. to understand technical instructions)
What is the average salary of mechanics?
The salary of mechanics depends on the industry. At most large and medium-sized companies, it is defined by the according collective agreement. Their average starting salary of approximately EUR 25,000 usually increases with long-term experience or managerial responsibility.