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Motor Vehicle Service Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Combine training at College with practical work at a dealership or independent garage with our Vehicle Repair Apprenticeship. Learn about the day-to-day workings of a motoring environment and learn the basic skills to take you through to full-time employment.

As a Vehicle Maintenance Technician Apprentice, you will learn how to service and repair light vehicles such as cars and vans and work either in a dealership that focuses on a particular manufacturer or for an independent garage dealing with many different makes of vehicles. Your work will range from replacing simple parts to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. Due to the constant introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques, you will need to demonstrate expertise in the technical side of your role and strong problem-solving skills, as well as a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of a vehicle’s systems. Working independently or being an effective team member is also important whilst using good customer handling skills as these all help you to identify ways in which you can work more efficiently. Finally, you will gain an understanding of how your workshop and the dealership/ garage functions from a commercial perspective.

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Study Location
3 Years
depending on Level
Level 3
Qualification Level
1 day / week (term-time)
College Attendance

Entry Requirements

  • Ideally, candidates will have 4 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and Maths or equivalent. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment
  • Employment in the industry

What you will study

  • 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
  • The implications and legal requirements of fitting accessories and carrying out vehicle modifications
  • 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
  • Carry out fundamental tasks associated with removal and replacement procedures on a vehicle
  • Obtain diagnostic and repair information
  • Interpret diagnostic information and use electrical wiring diagrams to determine system serviceability
  • Use a range of diagnostic equipment
  • Follow recognised diagnostic procedures, logical diagnostic sequence and apply advanced diagnostic principles and problem-solving techniques to establish faults
  • Report faults using company procedures and recommend suitable further actions
  • Follow recognised repair procedures to complete a wide range of repairs including those which involve complex procedures, or in depth knowledge
  • Test the function of repaired and fitted components.
  • Take responsibility when required and be honest and accountable when things don’t go as planned
  • Operate as an effective team member
  • Build effective relationships with colleagues and customers
  • Share knowledge and skills. Demonstrate a passion for engineering
  • F-Gas Certificate

How you will study...

  • Monthly workplace visits from a Learning Development Advisor
  • College attendance 1 day per week during term time
  • 6 hrs per week ‘off the job training’ tracked
  • Portfolio building – work-based evidence

What's Next?


  • Engineer
  • Specialist Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Supervisor
To apply for an Apprenticeship, please complete the online application form and our Apprenticeship Team will contact you to arrange an interview.
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