Advanced Certificate Motor Mechanic Apprenticeship

 QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Motor Mechanics

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

What is a Motor Mechanic?

A Motor Mechanic is a skilled technician who services, diagnoses and resolves technical concerns with light passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

The work includes:

· Carrying out the routine service procedures as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer

· Examining and preparing the vehicle for the National Car Test (NCT) or the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT)

· Diagnosing and resolving problems with the operation of the mechanical and electrical systems of vehicles

· Carrying out all work in accordance with manufacturer’s recommended procedures.

Motor Mechanics are required to:

· Observe and adhere to all national and EU Health, Safety and Environmental legislation and precautions relative to their work.

· Read, interpret and adhere to the vehicle manufacturer’s instructions when servicing vehicles.

· Use specialised equipment to check the operation of the lighting, steering, braking and other systems and also to measure exhaust emissions, recording the results and liaising with the customer.

· Use logical thinking and manufacturer’s recommended diagnostic techniques to identify and resolve problems.

Personal Qualities and Skills

The Motor Mechanic must have the ability to:

· Plan and organise

· Communicate effectively

· Solve problems

· Work independently and as part of a team

· Show a positive attitude

· Recognise the need for good customer relations. Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness

What will I experience?

Phase 1: With Employer

Induction Training

Introduction to Health & Safety

Introduction to Tools & Equipment

Introduction to Basic Skills

Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (20 weeks)

Course Contents:


Body Electrics

Engine Mechanical

Ignition & Transducers

Petrol Fuel Injection


Suspension & Steering


Compression Ignition

Workshop Technology

Related Theory

Phase 3: With Employer

Work Based Training and Assessments

Phase 4: Delivered in AIT (10 weeks)

Course Content:

Engine Mechanical

Body Electrics

Braking Systems


Petrol Fuel Injection

Steering & Suspension

Compression Ignition

Service-Quality & Management

Related Theory

Phase 5: With Employer

Work Based Training and Assessments

Phase 6:Delivered in AIT (10 weeks)

Course Content:

Petrol Engine Management System

Steering and Suspension



Body Electronics

Compression Ignition

Phase 7: With Employer

Work Based Training and Assessments

What opportunities might it lead to?

On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices are qualified to work within the recognised trade or profession. Opportunities for advancement are available for apprentices and craftspersons that have the necessary initiative, ability and basic qualifications.These include advanced technology courses and management courses which are available in Institutes of Technology, Schools of Management and Professional Institutes.

Many apprentices use their apprenticeship qualification as a platform to launch careers such as engineers, managers, self-employed business owners, technical trainers, Instructors, lecturers, teachers amongst others.

The occupational profile is available here.

Additional Information


For this Motor Mechanics apprenticeship, the employer pays the apprentice while s/he is being trained on-the-job. The rate of pay is agreed between the employer and the apprentice.

Training Allowance

A training allowance is paid by the local Education and Training Board while the apprentice is attending the off-the-job training. In some cases, a contribution towards travel or accommodation costs may be paid if deemed eligible. The industrial designation of the employer will determine the allowance payable.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Year
Course Award:
Advanced Certificate
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Civil Engineering & Trades
Minimum Entry Requirements:

How to become an Apprentice?

1. You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation.

2. The employer must be approved to train apprentices.

3. The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.

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