An Auto-care Technician carries out a range of services and repairs to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles, working in an Auto-care or “Fast-Fit” Centre, which may be part of a national chain or operated by a regional/local independent group/owner. An Auto-care Technician requires a unique combination of technical, retail and customer service skills. They will use a range of tools, measuring and diagnostic equipment to identify & repair simple system faults. The Auto-care Technician has to demonstrate expertise not only in the technical elements of their role and have a good grasp of the practical and theoretical aspects of the vehicle systems they service, but also needs to have excellent telephone, customer handling (including how to handle difficult customers and deal with customer disappointment) and effective sales skills, as well as strong problem solving and selforganisation skills. They must be able to work as part of a team but also operate independently, understand how their centre operates from a commercial perspective and how their actions contribute to business results, whilst maintaining a high standard of workmanship.
An Auto-care Technician will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the following:
Tyre legislation and technical information including EU Tyre labelling, Tyre Pressure Monitoring systems, sidewall markings, homologated fitments relating to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles
Fundamentals of specific vehicle systems including steering & suspension, braking systems, battery & charging systems, exhaust systems and Air-Conditioning systems
Vehicle 4-wheel geometry principles
Basic consumer legislation relevant to the occupation
Appropriate Health & Safety legislation and requirements for the workplace
Hybrid/Electric Vehicle system and safe working procedures
Data protection requirements to protect customer and payment information
General sales principles including, identifying customer & vehicle needs, presenting solutions, closing the sale and dealing with buying resistance
How the business works and how you contribute to the overall results, demonstrating commercial awareness
How to carry out vehicle safety inspections and routine maintenance using manufacturers specifications or approved schedules, using vehicle specific data and meeting legal requirements
The importance of following work place procedures and the consequences of not doing so.
The competency to achieve the following skills in the workplace:
Contribute to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace, including the maintenance of key equipment and carrying out general housekeeping
Carry out stock procedures including dealing with routine stock deliveries, placing stock into storage, carrying out stock rotation duties and ordering parts for customers following company procedures
Carry out vehicle safety inspections and routine maintenance in line with manufactures specifications or approved schedules, company procedures and complete approved documentation
Make recommendations to customers based on the results of inspections, ensuring that sales recommendations are accurate and fully costed, are ethical and in the best interests of the customer at all times, using language that is transparent and avoids jargon
Carry out replacement/repair and balancing of a range of light vehicle tyres, including ultra-low profile, directional, asymmetric and run-flat tyres fitted to a range of wheel sizes and types
Carry out the replacement of components on a specific range of vehicle systems including Steering & Suspension, Braking systems, Battery & Charging systems, exhaust systems and Air-Conditioning systems
Carry out 4-wheel Geometry operations including adjustments on a range of vehicles with different suspension and steering systems
Use a range of specialist tools & equipment, mechanical & electrical measuring tools and diagnostic equipment to support fault identification and repair
Identify & procure correct parts to meet specific customer requirements
Access vehicle technical data to inform inspections and make judgements on wear and serviceability
Deal with and resolve low-level customer complaints
Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers and colleagues
Use specific company IT systems within the workplace, including Point-of-sale systems and hand-held devices.
Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for applicants. It is however recommended that candidates can demonstrate an interest in the occupation as well as an ability to work in an organised and methodical way to identify and solve problems; also demonstrate an ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their apprenticeship end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or legacy statement, the English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.
Qualification and Professional Membership
On completion of this Standard the Auto-care Technician will be eligible to apply for IMI membership as a Registered Young Professional or if they wish as an Associate Member. They would also gain entry onto the IMI Professional Register.
This apprenticeship should be reviewed after a maximum of 3 years. This apprenticeship is set at level 2.