Automotive Machinist



Youtube clip – Merseta’s – Metal Machinist (Automotive Sector)


What is an Automotive Machinist?

An Automotive Machinist is a trained metalworker who is skilled to renew or build internal combustion engines and engine components according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

What does an Automotive Machinist do?

  • diagnoses faults
  • inspects all the components thoroughly for cracks and other faults
  • dismantles and cleans engines
  • grinds various parts
  • cleans and rebuilds parts
  • manufactures and fits parts
  • re-assembles
  • tests if the engine functions correctly

Are you … ?

  • interested in motor vehicles?
  • able to work on your own?
  • able to concentrate?
  • willing to work in a noisy environment?
  • accurate?
  • good with your hands and fingers?
  • mathematically inclined?
  • a person with good eye-hand coordination?
  • healthy?

How do I become an Automotive Machinist?

  • MerSETA

Approved and accredited MerSETA training companies: Type your trade choice in and click on FIND.


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  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
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  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

Minimum requirements:

  • 16 years of age
  • Grade 10

Compulsory school subjects: Mathematics and English.

Recommended school subjects: Woodwork, Workshop Theory and related subjects.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Automotive Electrician … or … Boilermaker

Is becoming a Automotive Machinist the right career choice for me?