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Brake Mechanic

Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Brake Technician.

Brake mechanics diagnose faults, and then repair, replace, overhaul and test the parts of disc, drum or power brake systems used on all types of motor vehicles.

Brake mechanics may specialise in light or heavy vehicles.

Some brake mechanics specialise in compressed air brake systems used by trucks, buses and semi-trailers.


    Brake mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • determine faults in brake systems by talking to the vehicle operator and driving the vehicle, noting its performance, or by reading data from the vehicle's computer control system
  • diagnose and correct anti-lock braking faults
  • examine brake units (including steel and flex hoses and handbrake cables) for wear, damage or possible failure, and repair or replace as required
  • measure brake drums and disc rotors to determine if wear or finished size is excessive
  • test brake units to ensure outputs reach the specified level (this includes electronics now widely used on late model vehicles and trailer or caravan brakes)
  • repair or replace leaky brake cylinders
  • attach new linings to brake shoes by bonding or riveting (this is a separate semi-skilled operation in some repair shops)
  • machine discs and drum brakes where indicated
  • fit wheels onto hubs and tighten wheel fixings to specified torque
  • ensure brake systems are filled with correct brake fluid and are functioning correctly
  • bleed the hydraulic brake system


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • mechanical aptitude
  • problem-solving skills
  • able to work accurately

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering


Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a brake mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Automotive Braking System Technology or Automotive Underbody Technology.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    In NSW, brake mechanics must be certified by NSW Fair Trading. To work as a brake mechanic in the ACT, you must have a motor vehicle repair licence or work under a licenced supervisor. Contact the Office of Regulatory Services (ACT) for further information.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

    It is useful for brake mechanics to hold a drivers licence.


Brake mechanics work for brake repair specialists and motor vehicle repair firms in metropolitan areas and in larger country towns.

Employment opportunities are affected by the level of motor vehicle use.

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