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Vehicle Damage Mechanical, Electrical & Trim (MET) Technician Apprenticeship

Level: 3
Duration: 3 years

A Vehicle Damage Mechanical, Electrical and Trim Technician works in the vehicle body repair sector of the motor industry. The role is to identify damaged mechanical and electrical components on a damaged Car/Light Commercial Vehicle, and remove and refit these components before and after body repair work has been carried out. They typically work on repairing vehicles that have been involved in accidents or similar incidents. This is usually within a collision repair workshop.

They are experts in identifying damaged mechanical and electrical components on vehicles. They may work as part of a team or more autonomously and they are usually under the supervision of a more senior technician.

They are able to demonstrate expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of engine, gearbox, suspension, mechanical and electrical systems. This includes:

  • Assessing faults
  • Preparing job cards and assessment reports
  • Accessing and removing mechanical and electrical components
  • Removing and fitting non-structural body panels
  • Removing and re-installing mechanical and electrical systems
  • Vehicle valeting.

They are able to remove and refit any part relating to the vehicle, to the correct alignment.

The technician will be able to carry out vehicle diagnostics utilising diagnostic hardware/software to interrogate any faults found within the vehicle management system (on board computer), interpret technical information to ensure integrity of repair. A competent Vehicle Damage Mechanical, Electrical and Trim Technician is accountable for ensuring that the vehicle components and trim of a repaired collision damaged vehicle meets at minimum the manufacturer safety and performance standard prior to the damage sustained

Entry requirements:

A minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above is desirable

Where will I study:

Training 2000’s automotive centre, Blackburn

  • Flexible delivery comprising of knowledge and tutorial workshops for one to one development and support, this comprises of one day classroom delivery or work based learning
  • Face-to-face tutorials
  • Access to learning on e-portfolio
  • Awarding body registration and certification
  • Assessor visits
Job example

MET Technician with progression to Estimator, Workshop Supervisor etc.

Useful information

A competent Vehicle Damage MET Technician on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard will meet the following requirements:


• Engine, gearbox, suspension, mechanical and electrical systems

• Body Mechanical tools

• Diagnostics and interpretation of data

• Safe handling and management

• Vehicle hardware and software

• Principals of customer service

• Health and safety

• CommercIal productivity and efficiency

• Quality control



• Job preparation

• Interpreting technical data

• Remove, repair and replace engine, gearbox, suspension, mechanical and electrical systems

• Correct use of tools and equipment

• Rectifying defects and faults

• Identify and communicate supplementary damage

• Rebuilt vehicles post repair and reinstate safety critical systems.



• Embracing Change

• Adding Value

• Ethics and Integrity

• Personal Accountability

• Productivity

• Team working and Collaboration

• Effective communication

• Problem solving

• Commitment to customer service

• Use all knowledge and skills developed.

Date last updated:05 August 2021

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