Do you own or dream of restoring your own classic car?
The Derby College Classic Car Club has been designed to give you the basic understanding of key mechanical areas to support your development to achieve your ambitions.
This particular module will demonstrate the basic skills, observations and techniques needed to rebuild a basic classic car gearbox.
You need a mechanical aptitude and a keen interest to learn basic skills in vehicle restoration.
This will mostly be a practical-based course looking at:
There is no formal assessment.
PPE will be needed (protective overalls and steel toe-capped boots).
You can practise your new skills on your classic vehicle or enrol on a full-time course in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair to become certificated.
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.