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


Additional Costs
Students on this programme require the following equipment and PPE, average costs are:

  • PPE clothing pack €100 

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

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PLSS Code: 348695
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.