Motor vehicle technicians service and repair cars, lorries, motorbikes and coaches.
What would it be like to be a motor vehicle technician?
As a motor vehicle technician you would be expected to identify any faults with the vehicle, calculate the repair costs, communicate these to the customer and carry out the repairs.
The skills you’ll need
As a motor vehicle technician you would need to have good problem solving skills as well as good customer service skills in addition to the technical skills required to carry out repairs.
How to get your career started
You could start your career in a variety of places – a car, motorcycle or truck dealership, in a body repair workshop or in a small, independent garage. With experience you could train to be an MOT tester or become a senior technician.
Many colleges offer full time courses at Levels 1 right up to HNC in vehicle maintenance and repair and other related subjects. Another common route into a career as a motor vehicle technician is through an apprenticeship.
You can search for apprenticeship opportunities on the government website, through a training provider or college website or by checking employer’s websites for vacancies.
If you want to become an MOT tester you would need to be aged 20 or over, have a full driving licence for the type of vehicle that you want to test, have no unspent criminal convictions and have at least four years’ experience repairing the type of vehicle that you want to test.
For more information on how to become an MOT tester visit www.gov.uk/become-an-mot-tester
Job prospects and earnings
Average salaries for motor vehicle technicians can be around £15,000 to £20,000 per year and senior technicians can earn more than £25,000.
According to recent by City and Guilds only three per cent of young people consider working in the wholesale and retail or repair of motor vehicles trade even though the sectors will employ 15 per cent of the labour market in 2022.
The Institute of the Motor Industry hosts live apprenticeship opportunities and provides information on a variety of careers in the automotive sector www.theimi.org.uk