Motor industry trades

Motor industry trades

About motor industry trades

The automotive industry is one of the largest in the world, offering a wide range of careers for motivated problem solvers with a can-do attitude and practical skills. The demand for skills in this industry is set to increase as components, vehicles and machinery are needed to support the industry and infrastructure rebuild in our region. Because of the advanced designs and high tech components used in modern vehicles, people in the industry require good knowledge, skill and practical experience.

At Ara, we have offered education in the automotive field for over 30 years, and our motor industry  training programmes fall into three main groups:

Auto Electrical: This focuses on the electro/mechatronic components in the automotive industry. There is an increasing reliance on this area with the sophistication of environmentally friendly engine systems in new vehicles.

Automotive Engineering: This focuses on maintaining the mechanical components of a motor vehicle. People in the automotive trades are mechanics that fix and service items such as cars, trucks, powerboats and small engines.

Auto Body (collision repair and finishing): This focuses on the bodywork including plastic parts and the paint finish. It includes: repair of collision damage to the motor body, restoration of vintage and classic motor bodies and painting of all forms of motor bodies.

Studying motor industry trades

We train you to succeed in collision repair, automotive refinishing and automotive engineering (mechanical or electrical), with the critical skills suited to solving a range of complex problems. We set up work experience, assist with apprenticeship opportunities and make sure your learning is up-to-date from the minute you first set foot in your employer's door.

Our staff have specific teaching materials and equipment to help you become proficient in the skills expected by the industry. Many of our expert tutors started their own training here and have an understanding of the value that quality training plays in your career development. They have years of professional experience in their area of specialisation, and teach you to develop a can-do attitude making the most of the opportunities that come your way. You will graduate with practical, industry-endorsed skills to help get you started in the workplace and often our tutors' contacts with local motor industry leaders, help you to access the best jobs.

Programmes

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National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 4) Light Vehicle Strand

Programme code:
NC1422
Level:
4
Credits:
132
Starts:
February, July

You will graduate as a completely capable and qualified technician with our certificate giving you in-depth automotive training.

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National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Body) (Collision Repair or Refinishing) Level 4

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Body) (Collision Repair or Refinishing) Level 4

Programme code:
NC1414
Level:
4
Credits:
103
Starts:
Throughout the year

Advance your automotive skills with our comprehensive programme which covers all practical and administrative aspects of repair and refinishing.

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Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering YG

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 3) YG

Programme code:
NC1421
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

Gain the skills to work in the automotive industry specialising in light vehicles.

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National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Body) (Collision Repair or Refinishing) Level 3

Programme code:
NC1413
Level:
3
Credits:
185
Starts:
Throughout the year

Enhance your skills and knowledge in collision repair or refinishing with this programme which you complete while working in the automotive body industry.

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 	Certificate in Automotive Heavy Engineering

Certificate in Automotive Heavy Engineering

Programme code:
AO3332
Level:
3
Credits:
121
Starts:
February

Combine your interest and skills in production, engineering, trucks, large agricultural machinery and other heavy vehicles with this pre-trade qualification and specialise in automotive heavy engineering.

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National Cert Motor Industry Automotive Electrical Mechanical Eng L3 Light Vehicles

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 3) Light Vehicle Strand

Programme code:
NC1421
Level:
3
Credits:
240
Starts:
February, August

Advance your job prospects and scope for getting the apprenticeship you want with our automotive certificate taught by industry experts.

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Certificate in Automotive Heavy Engineering (YG)

Certificate in Automotive Heavy Engineering (YG)

Programme code:
AO3332
Level:
3
Credits:
121
Starts:
February

Gain skills to work in the heavy automotive area.

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Certificate in Motor Industry (Cars)

Programme code:
AO3334
Level:
3
Credits:
130
Starts:
February

Gain essential practical skills and knowledge to start a career in the motor industry.

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Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills)(Autobody)

Programme code:
CH3983
Level:
2
Credits:
98
Starts:
February, July

Advance your skills and knowledge in the repair and restoration of vehicle bodywork with this practical programme preparing you for a career in the automotive engineering, panel beating, spray painting, coach building and automotive restoration industries.

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Certificate in Foundation Studies Level 2 (Introduction to Automotive and Engineering) YG

Programme code:
OT5062
Level:
2
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

Youth Guarantee programmes are a great way to learn practial skills and gain a qualification. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or if you're planning on leaving school. Gain an insight into an exciting career in both the automotive and engineering trades.

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