Certificate in Introduction to Motor Vehicle Industry and Technologies-Mechanical Access

What is special about this course?

With a focus on workshop-based delivery, this course will allow you to develop the introductory skills, knowledge and understanding of the vehicle maintenance and repair industry. The course is delivered over one academic year, and encompasses wide a range of introductory practical units as detailed in the contents section. 

With the changes in industry towards electrical and hybrid vehicle technology you will also cover an awareness of Electric and Hybrid vehicle technology, ensuring you have the base knowledge for working safely on these vehicles.

Similar to all other programmes the course also includes entry level core skills Numeracy, Communications and ICT Information and Communication Technology, as typically required for modern apprenticeship progression. 

This is programme delivered through an on-demand basis, however an alternative starting point may also be the L5 Vehicle Fitting Principles, with similar entry requirements.

Entry requirements

Whilst there are no formal entry requirements, we would prefer you to have two qualifications at SCQF Level 3/4 or equivalent.  You will be asked to undertake a brief aptitude test and to discuss your application with a member of college staff.

You will undertake the following units towards attainment of the “IMI Certificate in Introduction to Motor Vehicle Industry and Technologies – Mechanical Access – SCQF Level 3/4” from IMI awards;

  • Introduction to Health and Safety
  • Introduction to Careers in Transportation, Maintenance and Repair
  • Introduction to Hand Tools
  • Communication in the Motor Vehicle Environment
  • Introduction to Workshop Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Introduction to Engine Components and Operation
  • Introduction to Light Vehicle Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Introduction to Component Fitting
  • Routine Cooling and Lubrication System Checks
  • Routine Braking System Checks
  • Routine Wheel and Tyre Checks
  • Routine Vehicle Checks
  • Routine Vehicle Maintenance Processes and Procedures
  • Vehicle Driveline Maintenance
  • Spark Ignition System Maintenance
  • Vehicle Lighting System Maintenance
  • Introduction to Spark Ignition Fuel Systems
  • Introduction to Compression Ignition Fuel Systems
  • Information and Communication Technology L3
  • Awareness of Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology
  • Communications L3
  • Numeracy  L3
  • Practical portfolio building

You will gain excellent introduction into using basic tools and equipment, and you will leave this course with transferable skills relevant to motor vehicle.

Achievement is determined by successfully completing practical observations and written portfolio tasks taken throughout the academic year.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Full Time - Mainly face to face teaching with an element of practical hands-on approach to workshop activities, and an expectation for online and independent study to support the theory elements of the programme.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

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Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Following successful completion, you may apply for the IMI Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Principles - SCQF Level 5 and begin the attainment of trade related qualification relevant to the industry.

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