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

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become a Motor mechanic

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

College

You could take a college course before applying for work as a trainee with a garage.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Technology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

The most common way to train is to complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship as a motor vehicle service and maintenance technician.

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Career tips

It will help if you have enthusiasm for the motor industry and repairing cars.

Further information

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

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
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • analytical thinking skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work well with others
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your daily tasks may include:

  • telling customers if repairs are needed and whether they're urgent
  • working out the estimated time and cost for jobs
  • checking stock levels and ordering parts
  • carrying out standard servicing, repairs and maintenance
  • road testing vehicles to check repairs
  • fitting and servicing accessories like stereos and alarms
  • keeping records

Working environment

You could work at a garage.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior technician, workshop supervisor or garage manager.

You could work as a breakdown engineer or MOT tester, or specialise in a particular area like motorsport engineering.

You could also work on electric and hybrid cars or specialise in tuning and modifying vehicles for higher performance.

You could also set up your own business.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Light Vehicle Technician - Ron Brooks Toyota - Mansfield

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Mansfield NG18 3HG

Apprentice Vehicle Technician

  • Wage : £168.00 Weekly
  • Location: Blackpool FY4 2RP

Courses In England

Vehicle Maintenance - Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles - Level 3

  • Provider: EAST KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Dover

Light Vehicle Maintenance

  • Provider: CITY COLLEGE PLYMOUTH
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

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