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 programme in Vehicle Maintenance.
Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician. Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby. Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes. Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful. Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there. He said:
I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.