Motor Mechanic (Pre-Apprenticeship)

5M-Science Faculty

This pre-apprenticeship programme in motor vehicle mechanics will provide you with the perfect grounding for progression to employment as an Apprentice Motor mechanic. This is a highly practical course that will help you build the technical skills and understanding to successfully apply for a position as an apprentice mechanic.

Completing this course will give you a real competitive advantage when it comes to applying for positions as apprentice mechanics and will help you progress through your apprenticeship by giving you a head start on skills and knowledge. You will learn about motor vehicle maintenance – how to locate, identify and carry out a routine maintenance on a variety of mechanical and electrical components using test models and real vehicles in our Automotive Engineering workshop.

Pre-Apprenticeship Motor Mechanic will place you at a real advantage if you want to progress to an apprenticeship or further study in the Automotive Industry. This certification can allow you to complete Phase 2 of the SOLAS Level 6 Motor Mechanic Apprenticeship in 12 weeks or less, rather than the standard 24 weeks.

What Makes This Course Special

  • New Course for 2022-23
  • Ideal for stepping-up to an apprenticeship
  • Can offer step-up on Phase 2 Apprenticeship
  • Learn practical skills in a real automotive workshop environment
  • Use industry standard equipment
  • Learn practical skills and wider technical knowledge
  • Work with our automotive experts
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Auto Electricity
  • Motor Vehicle Practice
  • Motor Vehicle Theory
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Mathematics
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Engineering Workshop Processes
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Car Repairs
  • Car Sales
  • Dealer Servicing
  • Engineering
  • HGV Training
  • Manufacturer Apprentice
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I completed the auto tech course in Carlow to find my path into the motor industry. In this course I gained great practical experience including being able to do work experience which got me into my apprenticeship that I am now in at Mercedes. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to further their skills in the automotive trade. With the progression of new technology, especially vehicle electrics which are now a big part of the motor industry, the course is a real benefit to understanding the motor vehicle systems before starting an apprenticeship or going on to third level.

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Motor Technology 5M2145


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 371070
Coordinator: Kevin O’Doherty

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.