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    Mechanic courses

    Ok, without telling me to go to my local college, can anyone tell me:

    *Industry recognised mechanical courses
    *Prices (!!!)
    *What stages are available

    Inititally, i want to do this for myself, as a hobbyist and to save bills, but in the long term, who knows...

    Any help is wicked, and greatly appreciated, any smart ass comments will result in a closed thread, be serious please

    Thanks, Andy

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    Leegsi will be the best to answer this as he recently went back to college to learn mechanics
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    I did the level 2 NVQ in mechanics and halfway through the NVQ3.

    They are both recognised courses and passing the NVQ3 will allow you to do a one day course at VOSA to train and take the MOT licence.

    They both cost £500 and £100 registration fee.

    Level 2 is understanding how the car works etc and how to change things.

    Level 3 is more on fault finding and probably 80% electrical (Testing sensors, using oscilloscopes and learning canbus etc)
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    You need to do a certain amount of hours at your work placement and attend college for half a day.

    I do my normal job and hours (37 hours) Monday to Thursday and then do Friday and Saturday at the garage with an evening course to do the college bit.

    Its hard work doing all the hours and I only get Sundays off but it will be worth it in the long run. After all its only 2 years of my life that needs to change and I will have a back up profession if anything should happen or I decide to be a full time mechanic.

    Most of the guys at college are 18-25 (Couple of 30's too) so me being 37 makes me the oldest
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    Interesting thought. I'd been thinking about this also as i have an interest, but not a lot of knowledge in the area.

    Once you're qualified, what kind of salary can you be expecting to see, working on cars for example?
    I've seen the work my brother has to do for HGVs & sod that for a carry on. Maybe it just looks difficult as i'm not in it day in day out though.

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    HGV's are far better to work with as they are bigger Altho there is alot more to know than there is for cars, especially if you work for a fleet company.

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    Aye, he was close minded (would ONLY work on cars) until he ran out of time/options & HAD to take a HGV position.
    Now he's in the job & has been in it over a year, he said he'd not like to work on cars now, as they're cramped compared.

    Even just messing with the hoses on the TB at the weekend, i imagine mechanics must have terrible backs!!

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    to be fair i'd love to be a mechanic and would love to be able to start my career again and become a mechanic instead of a sparky...

    My brother is doing his first year at college doing a mechanic course as its what he wants and tbf ifs teaching him f**k all... he spat his dummy out trying to get the locking wheel nut off my old mans car just after new years day and when i asked him to change the drop/anti-roll bar links on my car last weekend he looked at me as if to say wtf are u going on about
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    1st year is just an over view and all he will learn is what everything is and thats it. Most technical thing would be to change a tyre lol.

    Pay varies quite a bit. Ranging from minimum wage for basic stuff like tyre fitters upwards depending on where you are working (Dealers etc) with lots of knolege and qualifications upto a F1 mechanic.
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