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Motor mechanic

Alternative titles for this job include Light vehicle service technician, car mechanic

Motor mechanics repair and service cars and vans.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become

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How to become Motor mechanic

You can get into this job through a college course or an apprenticeship.


You could take a college course before applying for a trainee motor mechanic role with a garage.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence
  • Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

You could specialise in hybrid and electrical vehicles by doing a course like:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Auto-Electrical and Mobile Electrical Operations
  • Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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You could do an advanced motor vehicle service and maintenance technician apprenticeship.

This will usually take 2 to 3 years. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time at a college or training provider.

You could also train as a vehicle mechanic in the British Army.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Career tips

It will help if you are interested in the motor industry and enjoy fixing cars. It can also be useful to have a knowledge of different makes and models.

Further information

You can find out more about working and training as a mechanic from Autocity.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a motor mechanic, you could:

  • find and diagnose faults using hand tools or a computer
  • advise customers on what repairs are needed, including cost
  • repair or replace faulty parts and carry out regular maintenance
  • test vehicles on the road to check repairs
  • check stock levels and update vehicle service records
  • work with high voltage batteries if you work on hybrid or electric vehicles

Working environment

You could work at a garage.

Your working environment may be noisy, dirty and physically active.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Vehicle Technician

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: Harlow

Light Vehicle Van Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: Sutterton, Boston

Courses In England

Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Daventry

Light Vehicle Maintenance

  • Provider: HULL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: Hull

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