Overview of the role
A Bus and Coach Technician will predominantly inspect, diagnose, repair and test equipment and systems on buses and coaches from different manufacturers. At the point of recruitment a specific trade would be selected, i.e. mechanical, electrical coachbuilder or mechelec (a combination of mechanical and electrical). Engineering technicians work on all systems of the vehicles in respect of their specific trade. The work ranges from performing simple tasks, like replacing a part to solving complex faults often using diagnostic equipment. The tasks faced by a technician are constantly changing as vehicles become more complex with the introduction of new technologies and differing fuel types. The technicians of today have to demonstrate expertise in the technical side of their role as well as having strong problem solving skills. They must be able to work independently and also as part of a team. The growing complexity of the vehicles and the need to understand and comply with the rigorous Health and Safety and Legislative requirements, requires the Bus and Coach sector to attract and train high calibre individuals.
Duration of apprenticeship
It is expected that it will take three to four years for the apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace although it may be sooner if an individual already has significant training and practical experience.
Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for applicants. It is recommended that to optimise chances of selection, candidates demonstrate an interest in how the Bus and Coach Industry operates as well as an ability to work in an organised and methodical way to analyse and solve problems; be able to demonstrate mechanical skills; also demonstrate an ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Apprentices who are recruited without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.
A bus and coach engineering technician will select ONE from the following FOUR trade specific pathways:
• Coach Builder
End Point Assessment Overview
IMI can offer the following solutions;
Apprentice, employer and training provider support manuals
Behaviour assessment tool
Functional skills qualification
Vocational qualifications and Accreditations