Automotive Mechanic 

Do you love cars, trucks or motorbikes?

Can you spend hours looking under a bonnet and figuring out how it all works?

Then you should seriously think about becoming a motor vehicle technician. A technician's work is really varied and you could find yourself doing anything from stripping down an engine, to changing an exhaust or fitting new tyres, or using computer systems to retune an engine.

Customers will be counting on you to fix their vehicles quickly, so you'll need to be a good communicator to explain what's wrong and how long it will take. No two ways about it, you're going to get dirty, it's going to be physical and occasionally your brain will hurt when you can't figure out what's wrong with the vehicle. But you probably won't care, because you love cars, right?

You could end up working on the design and development of new cars, running your own repair business or even in the pits at Silverstone. It's up to you.

Motor Mechanic Qualifications

Have a look at qualifications such as the NVQ in Automotive Maintenance, perfect for anyone wanting to start their career in the motor trade.

You can also learn while you earn with an Automotive apprenticeship.

For further information, browse for a qualification using the qualifications finder.

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Technical, hands-on, physical.

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Who you could work for:
A privately owned garage, large chain or car manufacturer.

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Likely hours:
Daytime but some weekends or shift work may be required.

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Earning power*:
£12,000. Qualified technicians should earn more than £20,000.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Interested in cars or motorbikes, practical, problem-solving.

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You could even go on to:
The pits at Monaco or own your own business.

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

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