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Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians accept calls for help and repair and service the mechanical parts and electrical/electronic circuitry and components of cars, lorries, buses, motorcycles and other motor vehicles, and repair and service auto air-conditioning systems.

Tasks

  • Visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults
  • Removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools
  • Reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine
  • Carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems
  • Diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements
  • Checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks
  • Installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials
  • Repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Training is undertaken off- and on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available. Apprenticeships at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 are available and take three to four years to complete.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £28,000 per annum and can progress up to £30,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 22,042 employed Vehicle Technicians, Mechanics & Electricians in the region.

Destinations of Construction Completers July 2018

57% of students went on to other FE study

11% of students went on to an Apprenticeship

3% of students went on to employment

Destinations of Engineering Completers July 2018

54% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

6% of students went on to other Higher Education

8% of students went on to employment

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