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Vehicle Technician

Vehicle Technician

“If you love cars and enjoy fixing things, this could be a great career for you.”

Motor vehicle technicians repair and service cars, vans, motorbikes, lorries and coaches. They work on all vehicle mechanics and electrics, from engines and exhaust systems to air-conditioning and security.

The most common way to become a motor vehicle technician is through an apprenticeship in vehicle mechanics. To get onto a scheme, you may need GCSEs in maths, English and science. Another way is to take an automotive course at college to learn some of the skills needed for the job.

To become a motor vehicle technician you will need to have strong practical skills. You'll need to be good at problem-solving and finding faults. And you'll also need to be a good with people and have great customer service skills.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • finding faults
  • communicating with customers
  • working out the estimated time and cost for jobs
  • carrying out repairs and replacing damaged parts
  • road testing the vehicle to check the repair work
  • carrying out standard servicing and checks.

Your future

  • almost 70% of science, engineering and technology associate roles will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020.
  • 95,000 new jobs will be created nationally by 2020 in the transport and storage sector – a 7% increase on 2010 job totals. 1,519,000 in total
  • 97% of Automotive students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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