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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2145 CI061MV
QQI Award Code 5M2145 Motor Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is an introductory course for those who want to find out whether a career in the automotive industry will really suit them. It is ideally suited for students who aspire to apprenticeships in the motor industry and related fields. Its aim is to provide students with a thorough grounding in motor vehicle maintenance practices. This course will enable students to locate, identify and carry out a routine maintenance on a variety of mechanical and electrical components, as well as develop life skills including effective communication techniques, teamwork and independent learning. Students also gain qualifications in safety and health and start your own business.
This is an introductory course for those who want to find out whether a career in the automotive industry will really suit them. It is ideally suited for students who aspire to apprenticeships in the motor industry and related fields. Its aim is to provide students with a thorough grounding in motor vehicle maintenance practices. This course will enable students to locate, identify and carry out a routine maintenance on a variety of mechanical and electrical components, as well as develop life skills including effective communication techniques, teamwork and independent learning. Students also gain qualifications in safety and health and start your own business. 

What will you Study?

Motor Vehicle Theory (5N2144)
Motor Vehicle Practice (5N2143)
Work Experience (5N1356)
Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)
Mathematics (5N1833)
Information Technology Skills (4N1125)
Mathematics (4N1987)
Teamworking (5N1367)
Start Your Own Business (5N1418)
Electronics (5N1606)






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CMTXX 5M2145

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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