To become a motor engineer you need to first decide what kind of vehicles you are going to want to work on, as there are different courses for the different vehicles. There are courses you can take in the maintenance and repair of light vehicles, heavy vehicles, motor cycles or auto electronics. In many cases you will have to try to repair parts or use refurbished parts to save on the cost of the repairs.
To become a motor technician you should have the following interests and skills:
- have a good knowledge of motor vehicle technology
- have a great attitude about practical work
- have very good analytical skills to diagnose faults
- be able to pay attention to detail and work quickly
- be able to work independently
- have clear communication skills
- be able to follow written instructions
- have normal colour vision and be physically fit for lifting work will be involved
- keep up-to-date with developments, especially new engine types and car electronics
- be aware of health and safety regulations with in the work place
A common route for younger people is to train as a technician apprentice in vehicle mechanics. Most apprentices start at 16 to 19, but entry may be possible up to 24 in some cases, it depends entirely on the employer taking on the apprentice. Many motor manufacturers run apprenticeship programmes for young people. You may need some GCSEs/S grades for these schemes, in most cases including maths, English, science, engineering, IT, design and technology or appropriate qualifications matching this level.
Another option open to all age groups is to take a course in automotive engineering, for example, City & Guilds Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair or BTEC National Diploma in Vehicle Repair and Technology. These are available at most local colleges you would have to go to yours or look on line for the nearest one to you doing the courses if you were interested.
You would usually require a driving licence for the class of vehicle you want to work on this would be for the obvious reason you would need to test the vehicle to assess what the problem is.
If you want more information on this as a career option there are plenty of places on line giving more information or if you go in to your local college they would be able to give you more detailed information on the courses and different routes available.