Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians accept calls for help and repair and service the mechanical parts and electrical/electronic circuitry and components of cars, lorries, buses, motorcycles and other motor vehicles, and repair and service auto air-conditioning systems.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Training is undertaken off- and on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available. Apprenticeships at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 are available and take three to four years to complete.

Typical tasks

  • visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults;
  • removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools;
  • reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine;
  • carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems;
  • diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements;
  • checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks;
  • installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials;
  • repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.

Common job titles

Engineer, breakdown, vehicle
Engineer, motor
Mechanic, HGV
Engineer, staff
Fitter, LGV
Fitter-mechanic (garage)
Mechanic, service
Mechanic, cycle, motor
Tester, MOT
Repairer, motor
Technician, vehicle, motor
Engineer, bus
Mechanic, semi-skilled
Fitter, mechanical (vehicle mfr:
Operator, bay (garage)
Engineer, diesel
Technician, electrical, auto
Fitter, diesel
Engineer, maintenance
Hand, maintenance
Mechanic-fitter, motor
Examiner, MOT
Electrician, automobile
Attendant, garage
Engineer, automotive
Fitter, maintenance
Technician, installation, electrical
Man, maintenance (transport)
Fitter (vehicle mfr:
Repairer, tractor
Mechanic, motor
Stripper, motor
Operator, assistance, roadside
Servicer (motor mfr)
Man, service (garage)
Bayman, service
Mechanic, reception
Electrician, auto
Technician, vehicle
Engineer, vehicle
Mechanic and driver, motor
Adjuster, unit
Engineer, transport
Engineer, injection, fuel
Stripper, car
Electrician, maintenance
Engineer, service, vehicle
Engineer, diesel (vehicle mfr:
Engineer, transmission
Engineer, automobile
Engineer, repair, motor
Mechanic, patrol, vehicle
Patrolman (motoring organisation)
Technician, diagnostic
Technician, maintenance
Engineer, garage
Oiler and greaser
Fitter, automobile
Patrol (motoring organisation)
Mechanic, vehicle
Technician, motor
Fitter, lining, brake
Fitter, PSV
Hand, service (garage)
Scout (motoring organisation)
Engineer, reception (garage)
Fitter, vehicles
Mechanic (garage)
Fitter, diesel (vehicle mfr:
Fitter, HGV
Attendant, lubrication
Fitter, engine, diesel
Engineer, LGV
Man, maintenance
Repairer, cycle
Attendant, bay, lubrication
Technician, HGV
Fitter, garage
Hand, maintenance (transport)
Engineer, motorcycle
Fitter, mechanical
Technician, motorsport
Electrician, vehicle
Engineer, electrical, auto
Technician, motorcycle
Engineer, motor, staff
Fitter, truck
Handyman, garage
Patrol, road (motoring organisation)
Fitter (garage)
Engineer, HGV
Fitter, car
Fitter, motor
Reconditioner, gearbox
Tester, car
Patrolman, road (motoring organisation)
Mechanic, garage
Reconditioner, engine
Engineer, service
Technician, maintenance, vehicle
Fitter, transport
Fitter, trailer
Technician, service
Adviser, technical (garage)
Mechanic, bus
Fitter, vehicle, motor
Mechanic, car
Fitter, motor (vehicle mfr)
Engineer, fleet
Technician, mobile
Mechanic, diesel