Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle)
Course Code: AP3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: Edexcel
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three years
When you'll study: Various days and times
A motor vehicle service and maintenance technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans and works either in dealerships which focus on a particular manufacturer, or in an independent garage which deals with many different makes of vehicles.
The technician must be able to work independently but also operate as an effective team member and have good customer handling skills. They will understand how their workshop and the dealership/garage functions from a commercial perspective and identify ways in which they can work more efficiently. Technicians working in large dealerships work with other departments, for example carrying out work for the Sales Department and ordering parts from the Parts Department, whereas apprentices in smaller independent garages may be called upon to carry out some of the function of the other departments themselves, for example managing their own delivery of parts.
The technician will work on all the systems found within the vehicle. The day-to-day work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. The tasks faced are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques.
Motor vehicle service and maintenance technicians have the following knowledge and understanding:
• how vehicle service and repair is impacted by legislative, regulatory and ethical requirements, including health and safety law and environmental procedures
• the procedures for the maintenance of tools and the workshop
• routine servicing and inspection procedures
• steering and suspension geometries; electrical circuit requirements and calculations
• construction and operation of vehicle components and systems
• common fault types, causes and effects of different types of faults
• how to diagnose faults using suitable fault finding strategies
• construction and operation of advanced electrical, braking and suspension systems, engine and transmission systems and engine and gear calculations
• vehicle emissions and legal requirements
• alternative fuels and hybrid and electric systems.
Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of Functional Skills entry assessments with our Work-based Learning team and a vocational assessment carried out by the engineering team at the College. Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to already have the following qualities:
- an interest in the way vehicles operate
- able to demonstrate general analytical and mechanical skills
- a capacity for mechanical reasoning and the potential to research, analyse and solve problems
- well organised, methodical and good attention to detail
- good spatial awareness
- able to work in a team and to communicate well both orally and in writing
- cares about delivering excellent service – both internally and externally to colleagues and customers.
Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.
On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.
Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.