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Service and Maintenance Engineering - IMI Level 1 Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This introductory course is based in our specialist workshops at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre, Feltham and is accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). It covers both theoretical and practical aspects of the knowledge and skills required by today's engineering industry. You will learn skills associated with working in a garage or an engineering environment and gain an understanding of health and safety in the workplace. A practical engineering or motor vehicle project will also be run throughout the year.

Course content

The course combines both practical and theory sessions.

You will study:

  • Routine vehicle maintenance processes and procedures on vehicles: an introduction to the principles of routine vehicle maintenance on vehicles and the methods that must be used to ensure this is carried out effectively.
  • Electrical foundation skills in an engineering environment: The basic principles of operation of 12 and 24 volt electrical systems and their components.
  • Introduction to machining engineering materials: The methods used when machining materials, including drilling, turning, milling and grinding.
  • Introduction to projects in an engineering environment: You will plan and run a project which creates something new or implements a change.
  • Health and safety: Health and safety requirements when carrying out simple tasks in engineering environments.

You will also study functional skills in English and maths.

We will arrange work experience opportunities where possible.

Entry requirements

None, but you will have an assessment.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


Your knowledge and skills will be assessed using a combination of methods which are set by the IMI, including:

  • practical assessments in a motor vehicle / Engineering workshop environment
  • written knowledge assessments
  • assignments
  • online multiple-choice testing.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

If you successfully complete all the modules you can go on to a Level 2 Diploma in Motor Vehicle, Engineering or Electrical Installation. You may wish to start an apprenticeship or work in the industry.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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    • As part of West Thames College London, the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham is a smaller campus with a friendly atmosphere, offering a range of trade courses in West London.

      Around 650 students study at the Skills Centre to gain the practical skills needed for a career in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Engineering, Catering or Construction trades (Plumbing, Brickwork, Painting & Decorating, Electrical Installation and Carpentry).

      We have excellent links with employers too, so there are lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities.

      The Centre has its own Common Room, Careers Advisors, Library, Cafeteria, IT Suite and Outdoor Leisure Activities. Students at Feltham also have full access to the Isleworth campus.

      Courses at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre are very popular and, as places are limited, you are advised to apply early.