This Motor Vehicle Maintenance course is designed specifically for adults who want to develop the skills to keep their vehicles running at their optimum between services, ensuring the vehicle is safe and legal. They will also learn some emergency repair techniques.
The course is open to adults aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements. You just need a keen interest in maintaining your car between services.
You will learn how to keep your car running during the winter months and how to keep it safely on the road for the rest of year. We will cover:
• Weekly vehicle checks under the bonnet
• Component identification under the bonnet
• Checking and topping up fluids
• Replacing wiper blades
• Replacing bulbs
• Identifying and checking tyre pressures
• Identifying and measuring tread depths
• Fitting a spare wheel
• Understanding what dashboard lights mean
• Preparing your car for winter
Based mainly in our motor vehicle workshop, this course is a hands-on learning experience in which you will practise different techniques to ensure your car runs at its optimum level and remains road legal.
All materials will be included in the course fee.
Please note that you are likely to get messy, so consider wearing appropriate clothing. You will be working within a practical environment so safety shoes and overalls must be worn in the workshop at all times.
Should you wish to pursue a career in the motor industry, you could apply for the Level 1 Vehicle Maintenance programme.
When vehicle technician Zubair Hussain enrolled on Derby College's motor vehicle course he had no GCSEs just a love of cars and a willingness to learn. He had missed out on sitting his GCSEs at school but was keen to gain qualifications and train for a job that really interested him.
And after achieving levels 1, 2 and 3 over successive years along with maths and English qualifications, Zubair secured a place at the University of Derby. He initially took a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering before topping it up and graduating 14 months ago with a 2:2 BEng honours degree.
Zubair now works as a vehicle technician at Sam Autos, an independent garage in Normanton, Derby,Now he is qualified, Zubair wants to gain as much experience as he can to take him to the next the stage in his career .Zubair would ultimately like his own garage one day and is grateful to Derby College for putting him on the road to a fulfilling and skilled job with great financial prospects.Zubair enjoys mentoring trainee vehicle technicians and advises students on Derby College's motor vehicle course to "work hard and make the most of a great opportunity."He said:
I couldn't believe it. I'd always thought that uni was for clever people and I'd never thought of myself as clever.
"It was my Derby College lecturer Matt Curtis who encouraged me to go and do a degree. Our lecturers were great – just the best. They really wanted us to succeed.