Hey Grahameo, i currently work for the M.O.D as an instrumentation Technician, but i LOVE working on my Alfa, i am currently waiting for a job vacancy in the Vehicle workshops where i am, where they repair and maintain tracked vehicles as-well as Vans and cars, i want to get certified in automotive engineering, what sort of night class is there for me that i could do that would benefit me educationally?
Cheers My friend
I would try and steer clear of (CVR-T), MBT tracked vehicle qualifications mate, it is very limited indeed .... I was a class 3 instructor and in the North East we have Armstrong - Vickers Defence Systems in Newcastle along with Royal Ordinance in Leeds.... Niether would even entertain me for an interview despite my qualifications
Don't get me wrong... The MOD offer the best training in the World... As long as its for their interest. My advice train in civvy qualifications that employers actually require.
In the way the motor vehicle technicians are in demand and depending on your previous experience and education, I would recommend the following:
C&G 3901 Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
level 3 NVQ
A very easy course to start off with that you can learn a lot from and minimal entry requirements... It's a good sound basis and 99% of colleges do it.
C&G 7568 Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA)
Easy enough and goes into more depth of the electronic ODBII fault finding process and often runs along side the above course. Again... 90% of colleges do it
C&G 4121 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Diagnostic Techniques
A more progressive "hands on, common sense" course that offer a more in depth approach to both electronic and good basic mechanical knowledge.... about 75% off colleges have this accreditation.
I did the three above in two years in night classes while working as a day shift lorry driver, paid by the MOD (see your civilian careers advisor)
Next stage and is absolute "gold dust" is: The NTTA exam
(level 5,6), which takes place at your local VOSA office, takes one and a half hours and consists of 60 multiple choice questions, usually common sense !
Once you have this, you will be a nominated MOT tester and should never be out of work
Next is main examiner Via VOSA... by then, you will have pricked the interest of some pretty major companies indeed.
By this time you should be on £35K +
One last bit of advice... learn as much as you can from the REME allocated guys there, they are a pure source of old school mechanical expertice... Technical is not in their nature but a "bloody big hammer will fix it" is