Autocare Technician Apprenticeship
Start Date: 4th January 2021
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More about the course
Are you looking for a challenge in the motor industry? Are you interested in working on vehicles? This apprenticeship will give you valuable knowledge for basic vehicle maintenance, as well as communication skills and the know-how to run a busy workshop.
An Autocare Technician carries out a range of services and repairs to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles, working in an Auto-care or "Fast-Fit" Centre, which may be part of a national chain or operated by a regional/local independent group/owner. An Autocare Technician requires a unique combination of technical, retail and customer service skills.
You’ll be taught by industry-experienced tutors to get you ready for the fast paced world of work in Automotive.
GCSE Grade 4 in English or maths
Functional Skills Level 2 or above in maths and English
What will I achieve?
If you successfully complete this course you will receive confirmation of completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard at Newcastle College.
What will I learn?
- Soft skills and behaviours
- Induction and foundation skills
- Routine service and inspections
- Vehicle electrics and air conditioning
- Intermediate diagnose and repair
- Complex diagnose and repair
- Complete systems understanding and repair major components
How is the course taught?
- Group work
- Group discussions
- Experience of work
- Guest speakers
How am I assessed?
- Gateway Assessments at the end of each year
- End-point Assessment at Year 3
English and Maths
English and maths is taught alongside this course to help students enhance their skills if they were not able to achieve a GCSE grade 4 or above previously.
The course will help you build on your skills in a practical setting. You will learn how to use time-management in efficiency calculations in the workplace, and improve your written and verbal skills when completing job card evidence and dealing with customer and colleague requests.
Where can I progress?
After completing this course successfully, you will be able to work in a workshop environment and work towards a Level 4 management course or attend various adult training courses on specialist aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Automotive
Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians
- Repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.
- Installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials.
- Checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks.
- Diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements.
- Carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems.
- Reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine.
- Removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools.
- Visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults.
Median Salary£25,953 View more
Vehicle body builders and repairers
- Positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.
- Installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops.
- Hammers out dents in bodywork, fills in small depressions or corroded areas in solder, plastic or other filler compound and replaces body panels using hand and power tools.
- Repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs.
- Selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body.
- Diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions.
Median Salary£24,160 View more
Care Workers and Home Carers
- Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
- Monitors service users.
- Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
- Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
- Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
- Generally assists with service users.
- Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.
- Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.
Median Salary£19,742 View more
Vehicle and Parts Salespersons and Advisers
- Orders new supplies, arranges storage and updates stock records.
- Organises delivery of parts and handles payment.
- Obtains parts from store or orders from suppliers.
- Receives orders for parts by phone, email or in person and checks availability on stock record.
- Updates stock record, orders new vehicles from manufacturer, buys in used cars.
- Carries out pre-delivery inspection and formal hand-over of vehicle to customer.
- Negotiates sale price including any ‘trade-in’ and extra accessories, works out finance arrangements and completes sales paperwork.
- Discusses customer.