Motor Vehicle

Love cars and working with your hands? Learn the skills you need to succeed as a qualified vehicle mechanic with East Durham College's Motor Vehicle courses, taught at the Technical Academy in Peterlee.

Choose your Course

With more vehicles on the road every single year, there's always demand for skilled mechanics. With a motor vehicle course at East Durham College, you can learn the fundamentals behind vehicle maintenance, with the aim of preparing you for direct entry into employment, either as a full-time mechanic, or mechanical apprentice. This course can also be a great starting point for moving on to higher education mechanical courses, allowing you to specialise in a wide variety of mechanical disciplines.

Motor vehicle maintenance is a very hands-on, practical course where you'll get to grips with all things mechanical.  One day you might learn the fundamentals of changing tyres, then the next you'll be learning the ins-and-outs of transmission technology. You'll be thinking on your feet regularly, and learn a huge variety of new skills which will prepare you for your future as a mechanic.

The Motor Vehicle Workshop at the Technical Academy Peterlee

East Durham College students taking a motor vehicle maintenance course get access to the very best facilities. We have a huge, dedicated motor vehicle workshop at the Technical Academy on Peterlee Industrial Estate - it's here where you'll spend a large amount of time doing your practical work, supplemented with theory work in the classroom too.

The workshop includes all of the tools and equipment you'll need during your course. We have a range of different vehicles available for practical work, ensuring you get a varied look at the makeup of different vehicles, and how their engines and construction differ from one another.

Our staff working at the Technical Academy are professional mechanics with years in the motor vehicle industry, ensuring that you learn from the very best during your education.

Areas of Study

Motor vehicle engineering is becoming an increasingly popular course area choice with students. The motor vehicle courses available teach students a range of practical skills related to the type of work undertaken in the motor vehicle industry. Areas of study include:

  • Working safely and effectively
  • Vehicle construction and routine maintenance
  • Chassis technology
  • Engine technology
  • Transmission technology

You will take part in a range of light vehicle maintenance and repair tasks which will help give you the opportunity to go on to a motor vehicle apprenticeship or work in the industry.


Further career opportunities include positions within the armed forces and in research & development as trainee technicians and engineers - as well as access to Higher Education courses in motor vehicle design and development engineering.

For more information, please call Student Serives on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our motor vehicle maintenance courses, run at The Technical Academy in Peterlee, County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full time and/or part time course(s) for 2022/2023 are listed below:

Available part time course(s) for 2021/2022 are listed below:

The part time course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during this academic year - 2021/2022.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in the motor vehicle industry, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website