Available to those already working and qualified as a Light Vehicle (Car)Technician, this VRQ is for those responsible for maintaining hybrid vehicles and the hybrid system itself. It contains the knowledge and skills required to work safely in and around the vehicle's hybrid system.
You must already be qualified as a Light Vehicle (Car) Technician/Mechanic and have at least three years' experience since completing an apprenticeship.
This course includes the following units:
•Electric/hybrid vehicle system components and operations
•Hazards surrounding electric/hybrid vehicles
•How to reduce the risk to yourself and others when working on electric/hybrid vehicles
•Safely preparing the vehicle when carrying out routine maintenance (NOT high voltage components or systems)
The theory element of this course will be delivered during the initial weeks of the course, leading to the online exam.
Your practical assessment will take place on completion of the online exam. You will be issued with an individual appointment time for this. You do not need to attend during these later weeks other than for your assessment appointment.
Underpinning knowledge will be assessed via online external tests for all units. Practical activities are assessed in our centre using externally set criteria.
You will need stationery and Personal Protective Equipment, including safety boots and overalls.
Successful completion of this Level 2 programme can lead to the more advanced Level 3 programme.
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.