He was born in Nacarlı village of Tarsus in 1955.
He completed his education from elementary school until high school in Tarsus. He started to the department of Chemical Engineering in Gazi University in 1972 and graduated from this department in 1977.He worked in İskenderun Iron and Steel Plant Quality Control Laboratories Management between the years of 1977-1978.Before 1980, he worked as a chemistry teacher in Tarsus Industrial Vocational High School. Following his military service, he started working as a chemistry teacher in Cengiz Topel High School. Between the years 1983-1985 he continued in Ankara Faculty of Law. But, because of his excuse he left his education.
Then he worked 5 years in a private training center as a teacher and business partner. He established KOCAMAZLAR AGRICULTURE LTD CO. Therefore he started his business carrier with a branch of pesticides distributor.
In 27 March 1994, he was a candidate to become the Mayor of Tarsus from MHP in local election and he won the election. He repeated the same success in mayoral elections in 1999, 2004, 2009 and worked for four consecutive periods.
In 2014, he became the candidate for Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality from MHP and won the election. Presently he is carrying out this duty. He is married and father of three children. Burhanettin Kocamaz, the Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, is also a charter member of Association of Historical Towns, Union of Municipalities of Turkey, and Union of Municipalities of Çukurova. He took a charge as a member in the Board of Trustees of Union Council of Municipalities of Turkey.
He is also a board member of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities. Mr. Kocamaz is carrying out his duty in the Board of Directors of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Middle East and West Asia Region Organization. (MEWA)
Burhanettin Kocamaz, the Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality has been entitled for the “Title of Honorary PhD” by Azerbaijan Bakü State University for Karacaoğlan Poem Nights Event and for his contributions to Turkish World. He also received success awards from important associations such as the association of historical towns, from governorship, magazines regards some local managements, he also was appointed for the “ Turkish World Special Service Award “ by the Turkish World Foundation for Culture and Arts for his restoration of Nusret Mine Ship and revitalization of it to the museum. Mr. KOCAMAZ was awarded with ‘Outstanding Service Award’ by Kosovo Doğruyol Teşkilatı for his contributions to Turkish World. Mayor Burhanettin KOCAMAZ was also awarded with “Golden Honor” the biggest award of the Langen city in Germany which is a sister city of Tarsus.
He was chosen as the Mayor of the year by many associations, magazines and newspapers in Turkey. He is also interested in poems. He has eight poem books named as follows ; Gönlümden Sızıntılar’, ‘Gönlümden Damlayanlar’, ‘Gönlümden Dökülenler’, ‘Gönlümden Akanlar’, ‘Gönlümden Taşanlar’ ‘Gönlümü Aşanlar’, ‘Gönlümden Çağlayanlar’ ‘Mersin’e Gönül Verdim’. Approximately 60 poems of Burhanettin Kocamaz has been composed in folk song, Sufi music, Turkish classical and Turkish Pop Music styles.
Burhanettin Kocamaz has a CD of which he has performed himself, named as `Kocamaz ’ın İklimleri’ meaning the climates of Kocamaz.