CORE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND BEHAVIOUR REQUIREMENTS
Apprentices will develop knowledge of:
Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET): How all types of engines and propulsion systems function; how electrically propelled and hybrid vehicles function; how sub systems of lubrication, cooling, fuel, ignition, intake and exhaust systems operate; how transmission, driveline & final drive systems operate; vehicle suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tyre systems; vehicle electrical principles; vehicle electrical systems and components
Panel Repair & Replacement: Vehicle thermal welding operations & techniques; vehicle bonding and adhesives procedures; vehicle body mechanical fastening operations.
Preparation & Paint: The various types of filler & foundation materials; different materials used in vehicle construction; preparation techniques required for different materials & surfaces; paint, basecoat & topcoats; refinishing process; which techniques & products to employ with each type of repair process.
Cross-cutting: Health and safety in the workplace as it relates to the accident repair environment; structure of their organisation, and where they work within that; tools & equipment and vehicle construction methods used in the accident repair workplace.
Apprentices will gain skills in the following areas:
Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET): Remove all damaged & associated components from a vehicle; re-assemble replacement or existing components to a vehicle; remove and re-assemble permanent & non-permanent fixed vehicle body panels; remove and refit all types of vehicle body panels; remove and refit trim components; identify and describe principle vehicle electrical components and systems; diagnose and rectify basic vehicle electrical faults.
Panel Repair & Replacement: Repair all types of vehicle body panels; repair or refurbish trim components; repair vehicles using thermal welding operations and processes; repair vehicles using non thermal joining, bonding and adhesive processes; remove, repair and replace structural body panels; identify and rectify vehicle body structural misalignment.
Preparation & Paint: Apply body filler & foundation materials; prepare all types of vehicle body material; prepare & refinish metal, plastic and pre-painted surfaces; repair minor defects in all types of body panels and materials; apply paint, primer and basecoat; apply topcoats and clear coats and complete final refinishing operations; identify and rectify paint or preparation defects.
Cross-cutting: Carry out their work safely in the workplace and adhere to relevant health and safety requirements; develop strong working relationships.
Apprentices will demonstrate the following behaviours:
- Adoption of a good health and safety-first mentality as standard practice
- Customer-first approach when dealing with owners of vehicles and other clients
- Recognises that high quality is intrinsic in every activity throughout the accident repair process
- Strong and positive work ethic
- Ability to work in a team and be a good team member
- Positive attitude, good aptitude, excellent ambition
- Effective communication throughout the repair process, both with clients and with other members of the team