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Motor Mechanics will repair and service customer's vehicles to ensure they are maintained and road worthy.   They will diagnose faults using hand tools or a computer and advise customers on what repairs are needed, they will carry out scheduled servicing and maintenance, road test vehicles,  update service records and provide the customer with a estimate of time and cost for the job.

Entry Requirements

To become a motor mechanic you could take a college course or you could get into the role through an apprenticeship


Once you have completed your college course you could apply to a garage to become a trainee.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Technology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

The following colleges may have a relevant course:


You could take an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in any of the following:

  • Light Vehicle Automotive Mechanic
  • Mechanical Maintenance Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanic

The apprenticeship will usually take 2 to 3 years to complete and you will do on the job training as well as spending time at college or with a training provider.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 GCSEs  including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Required Skills

  • Able to use your own initiative 
  • Good team working skills
  • Able to pay attention to detail 
  • Customer service skills
  • Able to use a computer and software packages competently
  • Determination 

Salary Range

£18,000 to £35,000

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