Motor Vehicle

Motor Vehicle

Keep the region moving and build your future or get ahead in your career with Motor Vehicles. 

What is Motor Vehicle?

The Motor Vehicle industry is a vibrant and exciting trade full of many prospects. With a £78bn turnover and employing over 180,000 people in the UK there are so many avenues to give you a great career in the motor vehicle industry.  With endless possibilities, you could find yourself working for  the Army, a local mechanic, or even in car racing.

With climate change affecting the worlds ecosystem, the motor vehicle industry are looking at the effects of their carbon footprint. Car companies are continually looking to become more sustainable and use renewable energy. Companies such as Volvo have committed to becoming all electric by 2030, evolving the motor vehicle industry to become more environmentally friendly.

Dumfries and Galloway College offers you the opportunity to explore a range of qualifications and skills to help you succeed in the motor vehicle industry. We can help you find which career path you want to focus on, which could be specialised with our Electric Vehicle Charging, as part of our Green skills academy building your skills in a cleaner, carbon neutral future. You could also study a broader subject such as Light Vehicle Maintenance which is a recognised qualification in all garages.

Career paths with a qualification in Motor Vehicle?

  • Motor Mechanics – maintain and repair motor vehicles such as cars and vans. They have in-depth knowledge of vehicles with the confidence to explain the issues to customers and how they will fix them. Motor Mechanics work in a car garage which they can be self-employed or employed by a company. Average working salary is between £18,000 - £20,000
  • Motor Vehicle Fitter – check and fit parts of the vehicle such as tyres, brakes, and exhausts. They can specialise in a certain area such as changing tyres depending on the garage they work at. Motor Vehicle Fitters can easily explain to customer with confidence any concerns they may have and how to repair them. They can control and operate any machines needed to fix the vehicles. Average starting salary between £17,000 - £18,000
  • Motorsport Engineers – are specialised individuals who work within the motorsports industry. They use their skills and knowledge to evaluate vehicles to improve their speed, safety and strength. Paying attention to detail, Motorsports Engineers will set up the vehicles according to the weather or racetrack conditions. They can work in a garage or test site with the ability to travel if they work for a race team. Average starting salary is £18,000
  • Garage Managers – have the knowledge to manage and run a garage workshop. They have excellent business management skills to manage and motivate their staff. Garage Managers supervise their team in mechanical tasks on vehicles and pay attention to detail making sure everything has been done correctly. They have the skills to help customers with their vehicle problems and advise them on fixing the mechanical problems. Average starting salary between £22,000- £24,000

For more information from National Careers & Prospects

Why study Motor Vehicle at Dumfries & Galloway College?

Get one step ahead and build your future with Dumfries and Galloway College – the leading provider of education and training in southwest Scotland. Here’s why you should study with us:

Student Satisfaction

We're in the top 2 of 26 colleges in Scotland for further education in student satisfaction with 97% Students Satisfied 

We're in the top 4 of 26 of colleges in Scotland for higher education in student satisfaction with 94% Students Satisfied 

Based on the 2018/19 academic year Student Satisfaction and Engagement survey conducted by the Scottish Funding Council.

Student Satisfaction

Positive Destination

Over 9 in 10 of our students move to a positive destination into further study or employment. 

Based on our performance indicators.

Positive Destination

Pathway to University

Our students successfully completing an HNC or HND program can continue their education journey and move on to further study towards a degree with a UK university.

Pathway to University

Our Learning Environment

At Dumfries and Galloway College we offer the environment to prosper and develop the skills to thrive while earning your qualifications. With support from our qualified staff members, we offer you the chance to expand your knowledge and change children’s lives. Dumfries and Galloway College will give students an education that will help you succeed in the future – whether that’s further education or employment.

Motor Vehicle

Our course options:

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*Courses listed above are available as at time of publishing. Availability is subject to demand and some courses may stop accepting applications or be withdrawn at any time.

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