On a vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim technician apprenticeship you’ll identify damaged components and remove and refit before and after body repair work has been carried.
Before and after body repair work, car damage mechanical, electrical, and trim expert discovers and remove damaged mechanical and electrical components from a vehicle. In addition, you will often be responsible for repairing autos that have been involved in accidents or other similar events in this profession. This is often done in a collision repair shop.
You will become an expert at recognising damaged mechanical and electrical components on autos throughout your apprenticeship. You’ll be able to demonstrate an expert working knowledge of the removal, repair, and replacement of engine, gearbox, suspension, mechanical, and electrical systems.
You will be responsible for assessing faults, preparing reports, accessing and removing mechanical and electrical components, removing and fitting non-structural body panels, removing and reinstalling mechanical and electrical systems, and auto valeting. You will also be responsible for car diagnostics.
What you’ll learn
On a vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim technician apprenticeship, you’ll learn to:
- Undertake necessary job preparation prior to initiating repair, such as deactivating airbags, implementing electrical safety measures, and completing pre-repair diagnostics sweeps.
- Understand crucial technical data, requirements, and methodologies will enable sufficient pre-preparation prior to doing work.
- Safely remove, repair, and replace the vehicle’s engine, gearbox, suspension, mechanical and electrical systems, and related autonomous items such as anti-lock braking systems, safety restraint systems, and semi-autonomous Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) components.
- Recognise and rectify problems in a vehicle management system (on-board computer) and associated electrical system.
- Identify and communicate additional components as required.
- Identify and use the proper repair tools, equipment, and devices, such as Geometry Wheel Aligners for wheel alignment, diagnostic hardware to determine any faults with the vehicle and whether parts need to be replaced or recalibrated, and torque wrenches to tighten nuts/bolts to manufacturer recommendations.
- Rebuild vehicles after repairs and reintroduce safety-critical systems such as Safety Restraint Systems, airbags, seat belts and pretensioners, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, cameras, Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) systems, and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems, including collision avoidance technology.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks on a vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim technician apprenticeship could be to:
- Detect defects.
- Create job assessment reports and job cards.
- Remove and reinstall mechanical and electrical systems.
- Vehicle valeting.
You’ll usually need:
- Depending on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent or relevant experience.
The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods:
- Knowledge Test
- Professional Discussion (supported by a portfolio of evidence)
- Practical Skills Test
You could work in a workshop or at a garage.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into supervisory management positions in larger firms.
Duration: 36 months
Relevant school subjects: DT and ICT
Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent or relevant experience
Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels
Potential salary upon completion: £28,000 per annum
More information about the Level 3 Vehicle Damage Mechanical, Electrical and Trim Technician Apprenticeship standard can be found here.
Apprenticeship End Point Assessment
For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.