Approx. duration: 36 months
Start Date: September – November
Attendance: One day a week at the Rural Campus
Entry requirements: Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You may be required to come for an interview and assessment. Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSE including Maths & English 9-4 or equivalent. Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and have a contract of employment.
On-programme learning: Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Standard
End-point assessment: IMI (The Institute of the Motor Industry)
Progression: This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the relevant professional bodies of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng. Tech).
Course Summary: A Heavy Vehicle (HV) technician services, inspects and repairs HVs, categorised by the Department of Transport as category N2 or N3, and associated trailers, with the associated ancillaries. They work in either a dealership that focuses on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage, franchise or large fleet operator that deals with many different makes of vehicles. They work on all the systems found within the vehicle. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. The day-to-day tasks faced by the technician are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques.
Today’s technician has to demonstrate expertise in the technical side of their role. They must have strong problem-solving skills and a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle systems and associated ancillaries. They must be able to work independently but also operate as effective team members, understanding how their workshop and the dealership/garage/branch functions from a commercial perspective, have good customer handling skills and identify ways in which they can work more efficiently.
Note: On completion of the standard the Engineering Technician will be eligible to apply for registration as an Engineering Technician with a relevant professional body.