Do you love cars, are you good at fixing things and have strong practical skills? Then this could be the job for you.
Motor vehicle technicians don’t just work on cars, you can choose to specialise in the repair and service of cars, vans, motorbikes, lorries and coaches.
You’ll need to be good at problem-solving and finding faults and be confident using computers for diagnosing faults. You also need to be a good with people and have good customer service skills.
As a motor vehicle technician, your work would include:
- finding faults using a computer to diagnose
- working out the estimated time and cost for jobs
- carrying out repairs and replacing damaged parts
- fitting and servicing accessories like radios and alarms
- carry out standard servicing and checks and MOTs.
You would usually work about 40 hours a week, Monday to Saturday. Depending on what sort of work you are doing and where you work, it may involve shift work (not 9am to 5pm) weekend and evening.
The average wage is around £15000 -£20,000 depending on experience. Apprentices will earn less at first.
Experienced and fully qualified technicians can earn over £25,000 a year.
It is possible to become a vehicle technician through the apprenticeship route. Apprentices are employed and paid by their employer. They learn on the job but also take a part time qualification in motor vehicle which could be at a training centre run by the employer or at a local college. Some employers ask as for a minimum of 5 GCSEs at A-C GCSE, including Maths, English and science.
Full time college course
These courses can be offered at different levels and for those without 5 A-C there are lower level courses to start with. Some people will take a college course then look for an apprenticeship. Those who achieve higher level qualifications could look for a job.
Courses can include:
- fault finding and diagnosis
- transmission, suspension, braking and engine management systems
- auto electrics and security
- tyres, trim and general fitting
- body repair, spray painting and finishing.
Skills and qualities
Employers and college tutors will look for:
- strong practical skills
- good problem-solving skills to find faults
- ability to work quickly and pay attention to detail
- good communication and customer service skills
- the ability to follow written and spoken instructions
- a reasonable level of fitness
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