Mechanic and repairer helpers help experienced mechanics with less skilled tasks.
In 1908, the Ford Model T was introduced. It was a simple car and could be bought for less than $1,000. But did you know that the Model T could also be a tractor? A generator? A snowmobile? Its simple design meant it was easily changed to fit the driver's needs. For instance, by putting on a new set of tires, the Model T could be used for plowing. A belt could be attached to a saw, and the car's rear wheel could power the saw to cut wood, pump water, or any number of things. After moving the front wheels to the rear, treads could be added to the car and it would then move easily over snow.
The Model T changed American life forever. Our love affair with the car began, as well as our dependence on them. It created the need for mechanics and helpers who could fix a car, from its engine to the frame. Indeed, mechanics were often the inventors behind the first automobiles.
Helpers assist mechanics with the repair of cars and industrial machinery. They also help repairers of electrical and electronic equipment. Helpers' jobs are entry-level jobs. They assist with repair tasks that do not require the skill of trained mechanics.
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 take apart equipment that is not working properly. This may require that they disconnect wiring or tubing. They also put equipment back together after it is repaired. Helpers set up or position cars or machinery to be worked on. For example, they might raise a car on a hydraulic lift. Helpers sometimes hold or pass parts or tools to other workers. They may also observe equipment to make sure it is running correctly and safely. 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. Helpers also examine and test equipment and parts to find defects or to be sure they work properly. In addition, helpers perform other duties as requested by mechanics.