What is a heavy vehicle technician?
Heavy or public vehicles travel quite far over their lifetime so maintaining them is important. You will learn all about servicing, inspections, fault finding, diagnostic work and the removal, repair and replacement of components by using the latest equipment and technology whether at the roadside or in a workshop.
What is the work like?
Heavy vehicle technician’s service and repair large vehicles such as lorries, trucks and agricultural vehicles. Technicians are trained in all aspects of heavy vehicle mechanics and electronics such as engine and exhaust systems, air conditioning and security systems. Duties of a heavy vehicle technician include:
- Servicing vehicles- carrying out checks and maintenance according to the manufacturers guidelines
- Repairing and replacing faulty parts and components
- Advising the service receptionists about required repairs
- Producing time estimates
- Maintaining repair and service records
How will the training take place?
Typically this course will take three years and on completion you will gain an NVQ/VCQ level 3. To complete this qualification you will need to go to a further education (FE) college or training centre on a day or block release programme. The rest of your time will be spent at your place of employment where you will get to learn practical skills from seeing a real working environment. You will shadow qualified technicians so you can learn first-hand how to perform the role, you will also get the opportunity to assist in repair work. Once you pass your assessments and progress through your course you will be able to start completing tasks on your own.
To ensure that you are competent in completing tasks by yourself a Remit assessor will visit you periodically at your work place to complete assessment testing with you.
What skills are required to gain this apprenticeship?
To be a heavy vehicle technician you will need to be able to demonstrate:
- Excellent practical skills
- The ability to work quickly but also pay attention to detail
- The ability to work well alone as well as part of a team
- Good communication skills
- The desire to work with vehicles on a larger scale
- The ability to follow written and verbal instructions
What qualifications are required to gain this apprenticeship?
Qualification requirements will differ dependent on the requests of the employer. Some employers may require higher grades at G.C.S.E level than others.
At Remit we recommend that you apply and register with us irrelevant of what grades you gained at G.C.S.E level. We will then be able to contact you and advise you of the requirements of the employer and when other vacancies become available in your area. If you need any additional support whilst gaining your qualifications Remit can help you. We can also support you in completing your functional/Key Skills (Core Skills in Scotland) which is a mandatory requirement needed for all apprenticeships and courses if you have not gained a G.C.S.E C or above in Maths and English.
What can you expect once you are qualified?
Heavy vehicle technicians usually work around 40 hours a week, from Monday to Friday, this may include shift work and some overtime. Some tasks can be physically demanding although you will use lifting equipment to move heavy parts.
From 1st October 2015 an apprentice will earn a minimum of £3.30 an hour. This is the minimum salary and some employers may choose to pay more. Once you are qualified you could expect to earn between £18,000-£26,000.
As you gain further experience and training you can expect this salary to rise. There may also be opportunities for shift and overtime pay dependent on your employer. You may also be eligible for holiday entitlement and other benefits such as company pension and private healthcare schemes.
Please Note: The figures used are meant as a guide only and can vary from employer to employer and may be dependent on the geographical area.
How do I apply to be a heavy vehicle technician?
If you are interested in becoming a heavy vehicle technician apprentice you will need to register your interest with Remit by completing the online application form here.
Remit will be able to place you on an apprenticeship all year round. However it is important that you register your details as soon as you start year 11 and have decided that a career in the motor industry is the option for you; this will give us the best chance of finding an employer in time for you finishing school.
For more information on this Apprenticeship click on the link below:
To register your details please click here and fill in the online application.