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How to become a Car Mechanic

Apart from Doctors, there aren’t too many other professions where the customer has to put total faith in the decisions that the ‘staff member’ makes. mechanicWhilst of course Doctors deal with physical bodies, and mechanics deal with fixing the bodies and insides of the cars that we drive daily, not enough credit is often given for the knowledge and skills that a mechanic holds. You and your car are at the ‘hands’ of the mechanic and garage where it is taken to be fixed.

Car Mechanics or Motor Vehicle Technicians as they are also commonly known, are responsible for the diagnosis, estimation, repair, and service of cars and any technical faults that have developed. It’s a hands-on job, where grease is a-plenty and hard work and cups-a-tea are common.

With this in mind, we thought it ought to highlight the basics on how to become a car mechanic. If you have the ‘drive’ for this type of career – read on..

Qualifications (UK)

Some careers are more reliant on experience over qualifications. However to become a car mechanic / motor technician you really need to gain some qualifications that are directly related to the industry. An apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair is a good starting place – and a vocational qualification gives you a certificate and practical hands on skills and experience. Apprenticeships may be age specific, so for those of you a little older than your early 20’s, an NVQ in a related course would be a suitable alternative. To gain entry to an apprenticeship  or an NVQ it will generally be expected for you to have GCSE’s in Maths, English etc. Apart from educational qualifications it is also expected that you must have a full driving licence.


Vocational training will give you hands on training – to learn your trade so to speak and any position at entry level will look for applicants with an interest or hobby in cars.  At a senior car mechanic level,  proven work experience is essential on top of qualifications.

Type of Person

It stands to sense, but good hand and eye co-ordination are essentiall in an industry where your hands really do a lot of the talking. Physical strength and a good level of dexterity are also essential in a role that is labour intensive.   Apart from good communications and written skills – it is ideal also to have a good memory, and to be able to make technical decisions based on the knowledge and experience you have gained.  The ability to work independently , but also as part of a team of mechanics and technicians is also a key criteria.

Still fancy a career as Car Mechanic? Good luck!! We hope these basic tips help you along the way…

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