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Motor Vehicle

Signal 1's Motor Vehicle Skills Showdown

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Mechanics service and repair practically anything from motorbikes to lorries and coaches. They work with a wide variety of systems, including mechanical, electrical and finely tuned, computer-controlled engines.

On a daily basis you’ll be repairing vehicles that have developed a problem or have been involved in an accident.  You may also be involved in regular maintenance.

Students have access to up-to-date industry standard equipment on our courses. For example the Motor Vehicle department has just seen an upgrade to its Body and Paint workshop which now has a range of new facilities including spray booth and oven, paint mixing facility, gun wash facility, vehicle repair jig and pull equipment, high pressure spot welder and motor vehicle training rigs.

The outlook for mechanic jobs remains strong. In fact, as vehicles become more complicated and as government standards become stricter, vehicles require more work. Employment opportunities are varied and range from local garages to national chains. There are also opportunities for mechanics wherever you find a large fleet of vehicles, such as the police, bus companies and the armed forces.

KEY FACTS ABOUT MOTOR VEHICLE

  • 1,509,762 cars built in 2013
  • 87,671 commercial vehicles built in 2013
  • 2,264,737 new cars registered in 2013
  • £59.3 billion generated in turnover each year by UK automotive
  • 1,249,305 vehicles exported in 2013
  • 731,000 people employed in the UK automotive industry
  • 30 million+ vehicles are currently on UK roads

POPULAR CAREER PROGRESSION:

  • Body Repair Technician
  • Heavy Vehicle Technician
  • Light Vehicle Technician
  • MOT Inspector
  • Motorsport Engineer
  • Motorsport Technician
  • Refinishing (Paint) Technician
  • Test Engineer
Jason Moores

Jason was the first Apprentice to have completed the Young LGV Driver Scheme at Stoke on Trent College at the age of 19. The scheme gives students the unique opportunity to gain a full category C driving licence at the age of 18 rather than 21, and the more advanced category C+E licence before they are 21.

Jason, who works for P.H. Winterton and Son in Congleton, said:
“This has been a great opportunity for me, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at college. It has given me a great boost for my future career. “I was apprehensive as I thought that it would be like school but it’s been brilliant, I would advise any young person who is interested to go for it.”

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