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Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) – Apprenticeship (Standard)

This two year apprenticeship is available if you have already achieved a Level 2 VCQ and/or VRQ in light vehicle maintenance and repair, and have secured an employment placement within a dealer or independent garage.

A light vehicle technician will carry out tasks ranging from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic equipment.

Within each year of the course, there are separate groups which you will study;

Year 1:
Simple diagnosis and repair
Intermediate diagnosis and repair

Year 2:
Complex diagnosis and repair
Complete systems understanding and repair major components

During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:

– How vehicle service and repair is impacted by legislative, regulatory and ethical requirements.
– The structure of the industry and how the business works from an operational perspective
– How to develop positive working relationships
– The procedures for the maintenance of tools and the workshop
– Routine servicing and inspection procedures
– Steering and suspension geometries; electrical circuit requirements and calculations
– Construction and operation of vehicle components and systems
– Common fault types, causes and effects of different types of faults
– The implications and legal requirements of fitting accessories and carrying out vehicle modifications
– How to diagnose faults using suitable fault finding strategies
– Construction and operation of advanced electrical, braking and suspension systems, engine and transmission systems and engine and gear calculations
– Vehicle emissions and legal requirements
– Alternative fuels and hybrid and electric systems.

– Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop.
– Demonstrate due regard for own safety and that of others.
– Carry out fundamental tasks associated with removal and replacement procedures on a vehicle.
– Obtain diagnostic and repair information.
– Interpret diagnostic information and use electrical wiring.
– Use a range of diagnostic equipment.
– Follow recognised diagnostic procedures.
– Report faults using company procedures and recommend suitable further actions.
– Follow recognised repair procedures.
– Test the function of repaired and fitted components.
– Adhere to business processes.
– Use ICT to create emails, word-process documents and carry out web based searches.
– Complete a range of services and inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard.

– Take responsibility and be honest and accountable.
– Operate as an effective team member.
– Behave in accordance with the values of the company.
– Build effective relationships.
– Gain trust and pay attention to colleagues and customers concerns and needs.
– Communicate effectively.
– Deliver excellent results and achieve goals.
– Problem solving.
– Suggest ways to make the business more efficient.
– Constantly learn in order to improve own performance and that of the business.
– Share knowledge and skills.
– Demonstrate a passion for engineering.

The light vehicle apprenticeship standard course is delivered over two years on a day release basis. Four days per week will be at the employers workplace, working as an apprentice technician. At the workplace you will be allocated a ‘mentor’, and you will learn and develop skills and competence within vehicle maintenance and repair. During your day at college, you will spend time both in the classroom and our specialist workshops.

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Aug 2022 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : AB227 (2022)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years
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Course details


On-programme assessment will include employers and Petroc reviewing your progress via summative assessments at gateways 1 and 2. These assessments are designed to review your behaviour, knowledge and skills against set criteria. The gateway assessments at the end of each year will consist of knowledge exams and practical skills assessment. You will also attend an end point skills assessment during the end phase.

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance.

The course will include an air conditioning F-gas qualification, in line with the EU regulation that everyone involved in the service and maintenance of mobile air conditioning systems require certification.

Functional Skills English and Maths L2 (or equivalent) must be undertaken before entry to the EPA phase.


Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you could further develop your knowledge through a higher level apprenticeship.

Facilities and resources

As an apprentice, you will have full access to the college facilities.

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Starting Date : 01/08/2022
Course Code : AB227 (2022) North Devon campus Apply

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