This programme will give you the skills you need to work in today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including the diagnosis of system faults and an insight into emerging electric and hybrid vehicles.
On this practical course, you'll get hands on experience in the very best state-of-the-art workshops, working on the latest models. The course provides essential knowledge for those who want to work as vehicle technicians in all types of dealerships and maintenance depots and garages.
What will I study?
Your study programme will include practical and theory sessions where you will learn how to conduct fault finding processes and diagnosis of vehicle systems. You will learn all aspects of each system and develop your knowledge and practical skills throughout the course.
This course is designed to provide a standardised approach for the delivery and assessment of the knowledge and skills required by the automotive industry. You will learn how to conduct fault finding processes and diagnosis of vehicle in key skill areas include:
- Diagnosis and rectification of auxiliary electrical faults
- Diagnosis and rectification of vehicle engine faults
- Diagnosis and rectification of light vehicle chassis systems
- Diagnosis and rectification of light vehicle transmission and driveline.
In addition to your Level 3 in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair you will also gain qualifications and knowledge of electric and hybrid vehicles and refrigerant handling, giving you the best possible start for a career in the automotive repair industry.
You will build up a portfolio of practical work, which can be taken to job interviews as evidence of your skills, through set practical tasks and projects, online exams assessing your subject knowledge and also written assignments/coursework.
As part of your study programme you will be given the opportunity to take up a work experience placement in the automotive industry, working with local employers to further enhance your employability skills and knowledge.
This qualification also forms the knowledge component (technical certificate) of an advanced level apprenticeship along with the required maths and English qualifications makes up part of the apprenticeship framework giving you a head start over other candidates. Every year a good percentage of our learners who complete this programme secure an apprenticeship working for one of our employer partners such as large manufacturing companies like Nissan or reputable employers such as Go Northeast, CF recovery, Lookers and Aston Martin Workshops.
What do Motor Vehicle Technicians do?
Motor Vehicle Technicians service and repair cars, vans and motorbikes as well as heavy vehicles like coaches and lorries. They work on all areas of vehicle mechanics and electrics, from the engine and exhaust systems to the air-conditioning and security features.
As a Technician, your duties would include:
- finding and identifying faults
- advising customers if repairs are needed and how critical they are
- providing time and cost estimates for jobs
- carrying out repairs and replacing damaged parts
- road testing the vehicle to check the repair work
- fitting and servicing accessories like radios and alarms
- carrying out routine servicing and checks.
As vehicles become more sophisticated, you could specialise in repairing the technology used to control vehicle systems.
As an experienced technician, you could carry out MOT tests or convert traditional engines to liquid petroleum gas (LPG). You might also have the opportunity for work such as customising vehicles in line with owners' instructions.
Gateshead College prides itself with producing highly skilled and qualified people ready to work in the automotive industry.