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.
- 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.
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.