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Level 3 Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Technician Apprenticeship

Level 3 Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Technician Apprenticeship

Level 3 Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Technician Apprenticeship

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A Level 3 Apprenticeship in Heavy Goods Vehicle is designed for those who wish to pursue a career within the HGV industry. It can be completed by staff already in the industry or a new apprentice.

Subjects you may cover include:

  • The fundamentals of HV technologies e.g. HV chassis design, engine, fuels, transmissions, electrical (12/24v), air-conditioning, hydraulic and air braking, air suspension systems etc.
  • The types and associated characteristics of HV and their configurations and applications.
  • Diagnosing principles and logical problem solving techniques related to HV.
  • Sufficient H&S knowledge and environmental awareness to carry out the work safely.
  • Operators “O” Licence requirements relating to HVs.
  • How to service, inspect and maintain vehicles and trailers to the expected standards and the importance of safety inspection and maintenance schedules to meet Operator’s (O) licence and legal obligations.
  • Customer expectations and implications of work carried out.
  • The need to be reliable, flexible, diligent and good timekeeper.
  • How the business works from an operational perspective and demonstrate commercial and financial awareness in the HV industry.
  • Complex problem solving techniques.
  • The requirements of providing roadside assistance.
  • Carry out the basic tasks with tools and equipment common to all procedures involving basic mechanical and electrical procedures related to HV.
  • The ability to keep updated with emerging new technologies within the HV industry.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop and adhere to the company and legislative processes.
  • Access specific and related HV technical information appropriately.
  •  The ability to service, inspect and maintain HVs and trailers to meet company, Driver and vehicle standards agency (DVSA) and manufacturers’ standards.
  • Use a range of diagnostic and electrical measuring equipment to identify faults and underlying causes on HV’s.
  • Successfully inspect and prepare vehicles and trailers to meet DVSA standards prescribed in the tester’s manual.
  • Carry out final quality checks before handover to the customer without supervision.
  • Apply advanced diagnostic principles and logical/problem solving techniques and regimes.
  • Maintain records to company and operators’ licence obligations and regulation.
  • To be able to communicate effectively in both oral and written mediums both internally and with customers on a range of topics that will support, HV inspection and diagnosing techniques.

At the end of the course, you will gain a Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician qualification. You can then progress onto a Level 4 engineering qualification or Level 5 CMI Management and Leadership.

The course will include written exams, professional discussions, observations and an end point assessment.

You will be required to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and maths if you do not have Grade 4 (C) or above.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths

Course Summary

Length of study:
3 years


Course level:
Level 3

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