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A day in the life of a contract mechanic

There are plenty of benefits to working as a contract mechanic.

For starters, it’s an incredibly exciting and varied industry, and working as a contract mechanic is also one of the best ways to further your career fast. 

But what is contract work for mechanics really like?

Read on to meet one of M&E’s contract mechanics and find out about the day-to-day role, the type of equipment you can expect to work on and the range of opportunities we currently have available

The day-to-day role

Any contract mechanic will tell you that one of the best things about the job is the variety. In fact, your role will change by the day!

Contract work for mechanics offers the chance to work on a huge variety of equipment and specialist vehicles, and whether you are carrying out routine services and checks or diagnosing and repairing faults, no two days are ever the same.

You will also be expected to service, inspect, maintain and repair vehicles to industry standards too.


At M&E, our roles range from working with light wheeled vehicles to heavy vehicles and track vehicles. What’s more, there is also the opportunity to work on other support equipment such as generators, compressors and excavators.

You could even have the chance to work on highly specialised vehicles such as M1 tanks, Humvees, Challenger tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Warrior tanks.

Find out all about the different vehicles you can expect to work on in this blog.

Meet one of our HGV Mechanics...

“My day begins at 7am when I report to my supervisor to find out what I need to do for the day. It could be that I have work to carry on from the day before, or there may be a new job to start and paperwork to fill in. 

“Every day is different – I could either be in the workshop working on a vehicle, or I could be sent to check for parts that are located all over base, or even to look for a specific vehicle. You’re always busy though – and even if you’re not working on a vehicle, you could be doing housekeeping, or perhaps vehicle movement. 

“As well as the variety, one of the things I like best about my role is the camaraderie between us all and working together as a team. It’s a hard-working, rewarding, yet really sociable environment and I’ve definitely made some friends for life here. 

“There’re plenty of chances to progress if you’re willing to put in the work, and there are also opportunities to complete training courses from first aid courses to health and safety training. All in all, I find working as a contract mechanic to be a rewarding, challenging and exciting career path.

“During my job search, the M&E team was there every step of the way, whether they were providing interview advice or just calling to check that I understood everything about the process and if I had any questions. I really can’t fault the experience!”

Contract mechanic roles with M&E

Want to find out more about contract mechanic opportunities? If you’re interested in contract work for mechanics, you’ve come to the right place.

At M&E Global, we typically recruit for long-term contract roles overseas in Germany for a US military client. You will be based in either Dulmen or Mannheim, and will join a team of over 500+ contractors for an unmissable chance to develop your mechanical skills on a wide range of tracked and wheeled military vehicles.

With more than 20 years of experience, it’s fair to say that we are experts in contract mechanic recruitment, so you’ll be in safe hands with our capable team.

So, to find out more about taking your career to the next level, contact us today. In the meantime, be sure to read our 10-point checklist for applying to HGV mechanic roles!


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