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Maintenance & Repair (Light/Heavy) Advanced Apprenticeship at Gateshead College

Course description

As an advanced vehicle technician you will require good practical skills. You will need to be able to use sophisticated equipment accurately and safely; attention to written instructions and following clearly laid down procedures will be essential.

Every vehicle has an owner and good communication and customer care skills are essential.  Most customers require an explanation of their car’s faults that are easy to understand.  Often the faults and the work required need to be recorded in writing and this needs to be concise and clear. 

Most of the work you will do can be divided into Diagnose and rectify system faults for light vehicles, the heavy vehicle route consists of Inspections as well as Diagnose and rectify system faults.

The work is methodical, usually working to a list. Pre delivery inspections and MOT testing are carried out in a similar way. Finding the fault will require the use of sophisticated computer equipment.  You could work in a variety of locations, from a small independent garage to medium to large dealerships, recovery organisations to specialist parts companies.

The vehicle maintenance and repair sector has several routes within the advanced Apprenticeship at level three and cover the following areas:

  • Light vehicle route, where technicians primarily maintain cars and light commercial sectors where vehicles do not exceed 3500kgs.
  • Heavy vehicle route, where technicians maintain large goods vehicles exceeding 3500kgs permissible maximum weight.

Course content

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Light Vehicles)

The light vehicle technician represents the largest single group of personnel in the industry, working on vehicles not exceeding 3500kgs. Typical activities are identified as follows:

  • Carry out vehicle maintenance - conducting scheduled examinations, make adjustments and replacements items and components and service vehicles
  • Diagnosing Faults - carrying out the identification of mechanical faults.
  • Rectify complex system faults by replacing and testing components and units.
  • Inspect vehicles - carrying out advanced tests and record results.

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Heavy Vehicles)

The heavy vehicle technician is responsible for Inspecting and maintaining vehicles exceeding 3500kgs permissible maximum weight. Typical activities are the same as those listed for light vehicle above.

Entry requirements

  • Ideally you should have completed an Apprenticeship at Level 2 and be employed within the Motor Vehicle sector.
  • You should also have 4 GCSE grades A-D which include a communication and maths subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 15 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.