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.
Banger racing enthusiast Jamie Rushton has enjoyed tinkering with cars for as long as he can remember. So, when a Derby College motor vehicle apprenticeship came up at A&M Motors in Church Gresley, he seized the opportunity.
As the firm’s first apprentice, his progress has been so impressive that he is set to be taken on permanently when his training programme finishes in 2015.
Jamie appreciates the support he receives from his College tutors and assessors. He also enjoys his day release experience at The Garage, our commercial facility.
The apprenticeship links in perfectly with Jamie’s favourite past time of banger racing. He takes part in racing events all over the country.
I’m in the right job: I’ve always wanted to be around cars and I know I always will. I’ve carried out some quite demanding jobs since I started my apprenticeship. We also get the chance to learn different things at College and to talk to each other about what we’ve been doing at work.