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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Use of tools and equipment including basic test equipment – Sourcing information and data.
  • Engine operating principles – Engine component inspection.
  • Evaluating engine mechanical condition – Cylinder compression and leakage tests.
  • Ignition system operating principles –LT and HT circuits & components testing.
  • Petrol fuel system operating principles – Fuel system component testing.
  • Induction and exhaust system operating principles – Testing and evaluating component operation.
  • Diesel engine and diesel fuel system technology – Programming diesel injectors and testing cold start systems.
  • Engine management system operation (CAN Bus) – Use of diagnostic equipment.
  • Engine management system evaluation – Interpreting and understanding data – Course assessments.
  • Engine performance enhancement – Measuring engine BHP (Dyno).

    Please click here for weekly units and workshop details.
  • Entry requirements

    Basic understanding of the mechanical and electrical operation of motor vehicles

  • Who is the course for?

    Candidates who have a basic understanding of the electrical systems of cars and who have ideally completed the IMI Introduction to Auto Electrics course, who would like to and develop their knowledge of auto electrics and their skills in the fault finding and diagnostics of electrical/mechanical vehicles faults. This course would also be useful for those attending or aiming to take the C&G 4270-13 Level 3 Diploma, as it covers industry standard diagnostic procedures that must be used during the NVQ.

  • Study methods

    Students are expected to take notes.
    Handouts are given to students throughout the course
    Practical work will be undertaken throughout the course, in fully equipped workshops, to support theory lessons delivered in the classroom.

    Theory is delivered through blended learning which may include face to face and some online learning including Google classroom, I-GVS, Zoom and other online learning platforms. The mode of delivery will be governed by the Covid-19 guidelines adopted by the college at that time and may vary throughout the course.

    Suitable safety boots and overalls will be required to carry out practical activities in the workshop and may be purchased from Amazon, B&Q etc.
    The candidate must provide their own boots and overalls.
    Please note the overalls should be navy colour and are described as workshop or warehouse coats at many outlets

  • How is the course assessed?

    A Final exam to be taken by students at week 9 of the course.
    Candidates will be expected to build a portfolio of work undertaken throughout the course.

  • More information

    This is a full cost commercial course and all students pay fees, no concessions are available.
    ‘Fee refunds for commercial courses will not be awarded after two weeks before the scheduled start date of the course, unless the course is cancelled by the College.’

    Please note: there is no formal accreditation for this course – candidates will receive a college certificate of completion on successful completion of the course, including any assessments, and if course fees have been paid in full.

    Once you have clicked the Apply Now button and completed and submitted your online application, Sanjay Suri, Commercial Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will be in touch to discuss your application further.

  • Where Next – Job Opportunities
    • Trainee Master Technician
    • Main dealer.
  • Where Next – Further Studies


  • How to apply

    This course requires an informal telephone interview. Please click the Apply Now button to fill out the application form with your details and we will be in touch to arrange a time to contact you.

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