Apprentice Light Vehicle Engineer - Advanced (Level 3)


Vehicle Surgeon Ltd

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Weekly wage £182.00 to £348.80
40.0 hours per week Shifts to be confirmed.
duration: 36 months
start: 31 August 2020
Advanced (Level 3)
Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle) (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
26 June 2020 (application closing date)
A fantastic opportunity to begin a career as a light vehicle engineer undertaking the new Apprenticeship Standard.


The successful applicant will have a varied role covering the extensive range of knowledge and understanding below: 

  • The fundamentals of vehicle technologies e.g. vehicle systems such as chassis, engine, transmission, electrical, air conditioning, high voltage vehicles, etc.
  • The types, and associated characteristics, of light vehicles e.g. front- or rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, etc.
  • Diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques
  • Emerging automotive technologies and the impact they will have on the knowledge and skills technicians will require in the future
  • The competency to achieve the following in the workplace
  • Carry out the foundation tasks common to all procedures e.g. removing and replacing bolts, screws and clips, replacing seals, extracting damaged fasteners, cutting, drilling, filing, using fabrication skills etc.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop and adhere to the dealership/garage’s business processes (e.g. environmental awareness, servicing a vehicle, record keeping, customer contact) and standard workshop operations
  • Access specific information e.g. vehicle repair information, wiring diagrams, maintenance tables, technical production information and apply appropriately
  • Use diagnostic, mechanical and electrical measuring equipment
  • Inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer e.g. following a service, complex repair, pre-delivery inspection etc.
  • Service and maintain a vehicle without supervision
  • Remove repair/replace components in line with manufacturer’s standards
  • Investigate symptoms of vehicle fault(s) and identify the likely underlying causes
  • Apply advanced diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques, supported by diagnostic tools and testing regimes, to establish electrical, mechanical and electronic faults
  • Use current flow diagrams and electrical test equipment to carry out standard diagnostic and repair procedures

The soft skills and behaviours to achieve the following in the workplace:

  • Communicate effectively with customers on a range of topics e.g. draw from a customer the description of symptoms in a way that will support the process of diagnosing faults
  • Behave in accordance with the values of the company they work for; treat customers with respect and courtesy, quickly respond to their requirements and win their trust using effective communication skills to ensure they receive an excellent experience
  • Operate as an effective team member taking responsibility when required and be honest and accountable when things don’t go as planned
  • Constantly learn in order to improve their own performance and that of the business; plan effectively and be highly organised when carrying out service and repairs
  • Understand how the business works from an operational perspective and demonstrate commercial awareness

Future Prospects

The long term prospects of a full time role with further training and development are excellent for the right person.

Reality Check

Consideration should be given to the physical nature of this role.

You will be active for most of the day.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

Skills Required

  • Ideally you will have some experience of car or vehicle maintenance even if this is just tinkering at home on your own or family vehicles
  • You should have good problem solving skills
  • You should be a tidy and organised worker

Qualities Required

  • Most importantly you will have a passion for cars and engineering
  • You will have a passion to learn from long established existing team members
  • You will be a good time keeper who is flexible on hours dependant on business requirements

Qualifications Required

Ideally applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs or equivalents including English and maths at grades 9 - 4 for an Advanced Apprenticeship and 9-3 for an Intermediate. 

Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship.

Please Note: Those without the stated entry requirements or awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, may be offered an appointment to come into college (Ipswich or Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus) and sit an online assessment to confirm program suitability.

Training Provided

  • Level 3 - Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle) standard
  • Functional Skills if required

College attendance will be required at the Suffolk Rural Otley Campus. The apprentice will be expected to attend on block release.

Assessment visits will also be carried in the workplace.

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