Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Sub-Diploma Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is for those who are looking to progress on to an apprenticeship, employment in the heavy vehicle industry or are interested in joining the Army whilst studying heavy vehicle mechanics.

Topics covered may include:

  • Advanced health and safety
  • Removal and replacement of heavy vehicle units and components
  • Routine vehicle maintenance and safety inspections (with emphasis focused on the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Heavy Goods Vehicle Inspection manual)
  • Current diesel engine technology
  • Heavy vehicle chassis systems including brakes, steering and suspension
  • Electrical/auxiliary systems

You will get hands-on experience using modern vehicle electrical diagnostic equipment. The course also covers the theory and operating principles of all major vehicle systems. These include fault diagnosis, diesel engines, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension, vehicle electrical and electronic systems.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through practical tasks, written assignments/exams and online tests for each unit. You will also be expected to complete work experience in a relevant placement.

Progression Options

You may like to progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (subject to initial assessment and suitable employment in a commercial vehicle workshop) or find employment in the industry.

Course Summary

Course Title Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Sub-Diploma Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 2 range including English and Maths, or a Level 1 qualification in light or heavy vehicle at Merit grade. You will be invited to attend an informal discussion to assess your suitability for the course. You will need safety boots and overalls which can be purchased at enrolment if required.

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I’ve really enjoyed learning all about the internals of cars and what a car relies on to run smoothly. This benefits me in the workplace because I know how parts work when I come to repair or replace them. So far my greatest achievement has been passing the first year. I’m really proud of this because it means I’m on track to becoming a qualified mechanic.

Corey Perry-Jones

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