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 programme 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.
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.