The mechanic invoice is for the servicing or repair of any automobile, boat, motorcycle, or any vehicle with an engine. If the mechanic is a freelancer, then the invoice will typically include only labor and minimal materials or parts, but if the mechanic is part of a body or collision shop, then major parts may be added as part of the total amount due.
Table of Contents
- Mechanic Definition
- How to Become a Mechanic
- Mechanic Salary and Hourly Pay ($/hr)
A mechanic is an individual that specializes in working with specific machinery. And like a doctor that practices exclusively in particular fields, mechanics also tend to find a niche within an industry, such as an auto mechanic that specializes in breaks or transmissions. The more experienced a mechanic is, the more likely they are to be knowledgeable about a wide range of an industry’s moving parts.
It’s not necessary for some mechanics to obtain formal training for their profession. In fact, some mechanics start at a young age and master their trade over time by trial and error. But depending on the trade, some mechanics are required to have a certification before they are allowed to work.
Mechanics, in most cases, need to be certified. Certifications can be obtained by taking a class offered by a school or direct training from a manufacturer. Depending on the equipment and the technology it contains, there may be a need for constant recertification every year (typically the case for car mechanics).
Every mechanic depends on their tools. Cheap tools usually don’t work well or break quickly, so it’s common for mechanics to spend thousands of dollars on adequate tools. Because of the investment, mechanics should only acquire tools they absolutely need, and tools and workstations should be first leased or provided by an employer until the mechanic has an idea of the tools he or she requires.
Find a job shouldn’t be hard once a mechanic is certified. There are thousands of jobs all over the world in the aircraft, automotive, and boat industries that need mechanics, even if they are new to the field. To follow are useful websites that list available mechanic jobs:
- Find a Wrench – A website that helps shops and mechanics connect to one another in the automotive world.
- Aviation Job Search – Listing available mechanic jobs in the United States.
- Indeed – Shows a current list of jobs for boat mechanics in the US.
Mechanics usually start out by getting paid by the hour. Once they begin to master their trade, a mechanic is switched to a flat-rate pay structure. When given a job, the manufacturer states how long it normally takes for the job to get done. Under a flat-rate pay structure, if a job is quoted to take 8 hours to complete and the mechanic finishes it in 4 hours, the mechanic is still paid for 8 hours of work.
Hourly Rate: $21.02
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, based on the mean hourly and annual wages)