What does a Vehicle Technician do?
A Vehicle Technician inspects and repairs vehicles so they run safely, efficiently and reliably. Vehicle Technicians can work with different vehicles, such as cars, lorries, vans, buses and motorcycles. They work with a variety of vehicle components including engines, brakes, air-conditioning, suspension, transmission, security and sound systems. A good Vehicle Technician supports customers and makes them feel valued. They also perform high-quality work at all times, so customers can feel confident trusting them with their vehicles. A good Vehicle Technician encourages customer loyalty and positive word-of-mouth. They can help garages and workshops increase their profits and expand their customer base.
Vehicle Technician skills and qualifications
Vehicle Technicians use their technical and soft skills to keep vehicles running well and their owners happy. A successful Vehicle Technician candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include:
- Superior knowledge of motor vehicles and how to perform repair and maintenance tasks
- Verbal communication skills for explaining vehicle work to customers in accessible terms and discussing vehicle cases with other team members
- Customer service skills for positive interactions with vehicle owners
- Diagnostic and problem-solving skills for determining vehicle problems and how to resolve them
- Manual dexterity for working on vehicle parts, including sensitive sensors and electronic components
- Competency using diagnostic equipment
- Mathematical skills for calculating quotes
Vehicle Technician experience requirements
While businesses often prefer Vehicle Technicians with experience, this can be an entry-level role. Often, newcomers to this profession get practical experience through apprenticeship programmes or work placement. More experienced Vehicle Technicians may find work as Senior Technicians.
Vehicle Technician education and training requirements
While there are no formal education requirements for Vehicle Technicians, many companies require educational standards. Many employers ask for candidates who’ve completed at least an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships are available through the Institute of the Motor Industry and dedicated training facilities managed by large vehicle brands. Some employers also ask for applicants with relevant NVQs or SVQs. Some commonly required qualifications include an NVQ or SVQ in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair – Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle, Vehicle Fitting and Auto Electrical and Mobile Electronics and Security. New Vehicle Technicians usually receive on-the-job training.
Vehicle Technician salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Vehicle Technician in the UK is £28,264 per year. Salaries can vary depending on location, employer and experience.
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