A Guide to getting an Engineering Job in Motor Vehicle Repairs

Being suitably qualified as an engineer in the motor vehicle repairs sector will certainly open several doors of opportunity.

However, should you not have adequate qualifications then there’s only one solution … get qualified!

  • What qualifications will I need?

There are no must have qualifications that enable you to become an engineer in motor vehicle repairs; however there are qualifications that show you have attained a high degree of practical and technical knowledge’.

There are two premier qualifications worthy of exploration:

  1. A City and Guilds qualification
  2. An apprenticeship

City and Guilds’ National Vocational Qualification (aka NVQ)

This is a City and Guilds course that offers you the chance to become proficient in various areas of vehicular repairs and maintenance. Skills may include mechanical repairs, body repairs work, and body spraying plus more mundane tasks from wiper blade to tyre fitting.

The NVQ is a practical multi-level course with training and diplomas awarded for more advanced skills, even to the point of managing others.

To qualify for an NVQ training program you will need to be employed or have a current job work placement.

I haven’t got a workplace!

That’s not the end of the world; City and Guilds also offer a Vocationally Related Qualification (a VRQ). This does not require you to have a work placement or employment.

A VRQ is a practical course, that’s ‘hands on’, as opposed to being bogged down with written theories and exams. The courses are run at selected educational centres.

NVQ and VRQ courses are available to young people, 16 years +, and adults.

For more information follow link to the City and Guilds website.

An apprenticeship

This is another excellent way to learn a trade; earn while you learn! Should you be fortunate enough to be taken on by a garage/motor repairer then you can work, for at least minimal wage, whilst continuing with formal education.

Hopefully, at the end of your initial training as an apprentice you’ll be offered a full time job by your current employer.

Apprenticeships are part funded by the government.

For further information on apprenticeships go to GOV.UK.

General advice

It may be possible to use your training opportunity to start specialising in a particular skill, be that body repair, mechanics or some outlandish computer technology. Look for other courses, private or government sponsored, that might add to you skill-set and, ultimately, your employability.

  • Where can I find a job in motor vehicle repairs?

Well, you could try your local Job Centre, if it hasn’t been closed down and moved a hundred miles up the road.

Or, more easily, you could go online to the Top Engineer website and be prepared to be blown away by the choice!

You will now begin to see the potential that your qualifications bring. Suddenly the world is your oyster; there are vehicle engineering jobs available on your doorstep and throughout the world!

The Top Engineer website is comprehensive, informative and easy to navigate; visit the site to get an even greater feel for the jobs available and the extent of qualifications and experience sought.

Go to their site now and see what you could be earning, your doorway to the future is here.



Minnie Medina

Minnie Medina