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Mechanic and Repairer Helpers

At a Glance

  • Help skilled mechanics fix a variety of equipment
  • Are entry-level workers
  • Have a medium level of social interaction
  • Usually work indoors
  • Train on the job
  • May work evenings and weekends

Career summary

Mechanic and repairer helpers help experienced mechanics complete maintenance tasks.

Helpers assist mechanics to repair cars and industrial machinery. They also help mechanics who repair electrical and electronic equipment.

Helpers prepare work stations so that mechanics and repairers can do their work. They transfer tools, parts, and supplies to and from work stations. They position vehicles, machinery, and equipment that need to be repaired. For example, they might raise a car on a hydraulic lift.

Helpers also examine and test equipment and parts to find defects or to be sure they work properly.

Mechanic helpers take apart equipment that is not working properly. This may require that they disconnect wiring or tubing. Helpers sometimes hold or pass parts or tools to other workers.

After repairs are complete, mechanic helpers may put the equipment back together. In addition, they clean work areas and clean and lubricate tools.

Helpers sometimes perform simple repair or maintenance tasks. They may clean and oil equipment parts or components. They may apply protective coatings to prevent corrosion. They may prepare replacement parts and install them.

Related careers

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to mechanic and repairer helpers.

Common work activities

Mechanic and repairer helpers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, mechanic and repairer helpers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Mechanic and repairer helpers frequently:

It is important for mechanic and repairer helpers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for mechanic and repairer helpers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Mechanic and repairer helpers need to:


Reason and problem solve

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study to consider


To work as a mechanic and repairer helper, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Many employers prefer applicants who have completed a certificate in a field related to the employer's industry. For example, if you want to be an auto mechanic helper, you should take automotive technology courses. Vocational and two-year schools often offer these programs.

On-the-job training

Most helpers learn their skills on the job from an experienced mechanic or repairer. While training, you first do simple tasks. As you gain experience, you work on more difficult tasks and take on more responsibility. Training may last up to one month.

Helpful high school courses

You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Most employers require helpers to be at least 18 years old and physically able to do the job. They may also require applicants who have completed some related course work. Some employers require applicants to pass drug tests or background checks. Employers look for helpers who are reliable and willing to work hard.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


The minimum wage for Washington State as of January 1, 2020 is $13.50 per hour. Some areas of the state may have a higher minimum wage.

Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers (SOC 49-9098)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $12.08 $13.79 $16.85 $22.69 $28.18
Monthly $2,093 $2,390 $2,920 $3,932 $4,884
Yearly $25,120 $28,680 $35,050 $47,190 $58,610
    Clarkston-Lewiston Hourly $9.37 $10.65 $12.23 $18.02 $22.04
Monthly $1,624 $1,846 $2,119 $3,123 $3,820
Yearly $19,479 $22,139 $25,437 $37,480 $45,842
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $11.79 $11.98 $12.35 $14.60 $28.37
Monthly $2,043 $2,076 $2,140 $2,530 $4,917
Yearly $24,522 $24,929 $25,677 $30,367 $59,022
    Longview Hourly $12.19 $13.62 $24.52 $27.58 $29.41
Monthly $2,113 $2,360 $4,249 $4,780 $5,097
Yearly $25,337 $28,331 $51,014 $57,373 $61,188
    Olympia-Tumwater Hourly $11.79 $12.00 $12.34 $15.50 $17.93
Monthly $2,043 $2,080 $2,139 $2,686 $3,107
Yearly $24,533 $24,960 $25,665 $32,241 $37,300
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $12.55 $15.01 $17.90 $25.38 $29.22
Monthly $2,175 $2,601 $3,102 $4,398 $5,064
Yearly $26,112 $31,216 $37,229 $52,789 $60,782
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $11.83 $12.25 $13.85 $16.48 $19.62
Monthly $2,050 $2,123 $2,400 $2,856 $3,400
Yearly $24,605 $25,481 $28,809 $34,288 $40,808
    Vancouver Hourly $11.34 $12.97 $15.21 $19.33 $25.18
Monthly $1,965 $2,248 $2,636 $3,350 $4,364
Yearly $23,596 $26,962 $31,655 $40,196 $52,379
    Wenatchee Hourly $12.31 $13.71 $26.08 $35.66 $67.67
Monthly $2,133 $2,376 $4,520 $6,180 $11,727
Yearly $25,595 $28,517 $54,243 $74,192 $140,754
United States Hourly $9.59 $11.43 $14.16 $17.80 $22.42
Monthly $1,662 $1,981 $2,454 $3,085 $3,885
Yearly $19,940 $23,780 $29,450 $37,030 $46,630

Wages vary by employer and area of the country.

Benefits also vary by employer. Full-time mechanic and repairer helpers may receive typical benefits. These include vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers (SOC 49-9098)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 1,426 11.2% 16.1% 219
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 24 12.5% 13.4% 3
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 10 0.0% 8.6% 1
    Benton and Franklin Counties 29 6.9% 15.0% 4
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 14 14.3% 11.9% 2
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 103 31.1% 15.2% 22
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 64 4.7% 14.1% 9
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 17 -5.9% 14.6% 2
    King County 722 9.8% 19.6% 109
    Pierce County 224 17.0% 15.2% 37
    Snohomish County 89 5.6% 12.4% 12
    Spokane County 107 16.8% 13.9% 18
United States 107,200 7.9% 5.2% 15,100

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Job growth will vary by industry but will be strong overall. The fastest growth will be at temporary worker agencies. This is because many companies no longer keep mechanics and helpers on staff. Instead they hire mechanics, repairers, and helpers when they have a specific need. The auto maintenance industry, however, will hire more helpers as the number of cars on the road increases.

Job openings occur as people leave the occupation. Job prospects will be good for entry-level workers.

Other resources

Association of Diesel Specialists (external link)
7250 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 201
Gainesville, VA 20155
Automotive Service Association (external link)
8209 Mid Cities Boulevard
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Automotive Service Association Northwest (external link)
7403 Lakewood Drive West, Suite 7
Lakewood, WA 98499
Automotive Technician Career Information (external link)
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) (external link)
1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE, Suite 401
Leesburg, VA 20176


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Holland occupational cluster