How to Become a Mechanic - Careers
A mechanic is an extremely skilled worker that is capable of maintaining and repairing different types of equipment. These can include cars, motorbikes and other vehicles as well as a variety of other machinery depending on your specialism. If you’re interested in how to become a mechanic in the UK, we’ve put together a handy guide.
There are several ways you can become a mechanic, though some career paths include:
Enrolling in a Mechanic Course
Enrolling in a mechanic course or motor trade qualification at college can be a great first step towards becoming a mechanic. There are a variety of courses on offer, to help you qualify, from vehicle maintenance to transport maintenance and vehicle technology.
You’ll usually need a minimum of two GCSEs grade 3-9 (D or above) for a level 2 course, and a minimum of four GCSEs at grades 4-9 (C or above) for a level 3 course.
Learning through a college allows you to learn the theory behind your future career path, as well as providing a level of training through controlled environments at college. View mechanic study programmes at MidKent College to find out more.
Gaining a Mechanic Apprenticeship
There are other ways you can become a mechanic, including gaining a related apprenticeship. A mechanic or motor trades apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to learn on the job whilst being paid. Having relevant experience is extremely valuable, as it gives you the opportunity to hone your skills beyond training. Like college, an apprenticeship also earns you a nationally recognised qualification that will give you access to more working opportunities.
In order to become a mechanic apprentice, you’ll typically require GCSEs in English and Maths for an intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2) or five GCSEs grade 4-9 (C or above) for an advanced apprenticeship (Level 3). You can view our mechanic apprenticeships to find out more.
Can I Become a Mechanic with no Experience?
In some ways, yes. Some people are naturally mechanically inclined, tinkering on vehicles, or perhaps assisting others on vehicles belonging to family members. This approach tends to be ‘learning as you go’ without any training, which can be extremely positive in fuelling passion and gaining an interest in mechanics. Having previous experience tinkering on cars and making repairs can be a great stepping stone to starting a college qualification or apprenticeship. But what if you haven’t done that?
Nowadays, becoming a mechanic without any experience proves very difficult. Previously, many ‘informal’ untrained mechanics would take a small fee for private work. This has become much rarer since cars have become more advanced and require certified MOTs and repairs. To join a reputable company as a mechanic, you need some form of experience, but there’s nothing wrong with starting as a trainee if you’d like to join the industry. This can be done regardless of your age providing you have the right qualifications.
You could undertake an industry placement in a local garage of test centre for some practical experience in becoming a mechanic. This could significantly benefit your practical and industry knowledge.
So, How can I Become a Mechanic?
In order to become a mechanic, you require either an apprenticeship or a college qualification, to become a trainee afterwards. Whichever option you choose, it’s important you have the right GCSEs or equivalent qualifications to get on these courses, especially English and Maths.
How you become a mechanic is relatively simple, but requires hard work to get you there. If you’re interested in our motor vehicle courses, or our motor trade apprenticeships, apply to Midkent College today or contact us for more details about our courses.