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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Course Code(s):  5M2145 CI061MV
QQI Award Code:  5M2145 Motor Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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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.

What will you Study?

Motor Vehicle Practice 5N2143
Motor Vehicle Theory 5N2144
Auto Electricity 5N2137
Electronics 5N1606
Maths 5N1833
Information Technology 4N1125
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Start Your Own Business 5N1418
Teamworking 5N1367
Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CMTXX 5M2145

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.