Motor vehicle technicians repair and service cars, vans, motorbikes, lorries and coaches.

What does a motor vehicle technician do?

This role involves working on all vehicle mechanics and electrics, from engines and exhaust systems to air-conditioning and security.

What do I need to do to become a motor vehicle technician?

You will need to have strong practical skills as well as being good at problem solving and finding faults. You’ll also need to be good with people and have great customer service skills.

You may want to take an automotive course at college to learn some of the skills needed for the job before doing an apprenticeship to gain more experience. A common way to become a motor vehicle technician is through an apprenticeship scheme in vehicle mechanics. To get onto a scheme, you may need GCSEs in maths, English and science, or equivalent qualifications.

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Physical fitness
  • Problem solving

Vocational route

  • Level 1 certificate or diploma in vehicle maintenance
  • Level 2 certificate in light vehicle maintenance and repair principles
  • Level 2 certificate or diploma in vehicle technology

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You can find work with garages, manufacturers' service centres, freight, transport and construction companies, vehicle hire and breakdown organisations, fast-fit outlets and car dealerships. There may also be opportunities with local authorities, the police and taxi companies, as well as with companies that have large fleets of vehicles.

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