College Student Becomes Region’s First Female Technician at Mercedes-Benz

16 August 2019 | Alumni, College News, Engineering, Automotive & Marine

When Harley Mortlock, from Tamerton Foliot, spotted a vacancy at Mercedes Benz in Plymouth, she applied – but assumed the job would go to a man: “The fact that I got the job shows that times are changing,” she says.

Harley successfully became the first female Technician for the South West division of Mercedes-Benz after swapping fixing hair for fixing cars, and completing full-time level 1 and level 2 diplomas in light vehicle maintenance at City College Plymouth.

Harley always wanted to be a mechanic and growing up loved helping her dad to fix motorbikes, but being female thought she’d never be able to get a job in a garage, so became a qualified hairdresser instead.

She says: “I love the technical side of mechanics and am so pleased that I heard about studying at the College as it was a great decision for me. City College gave me the knowledge I needed to get my job as a Technician, and I hope from this solid grounding I will continue to progress within my dealership to become a Maintenance Technician, Systems Technician or Diagnostic Technician.”

Harley says: “If you’re thinking about studying at City College, go for it! I learnt a lot during my time there and it helped to shape my career.”

If you are interested in starting your career in the automotive industry, explore the range of courses and Apprenticeships that City College Plymouth has on offer by attending our Open Day on Friday 23 August, by calling 01752 305300 or by visiting

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