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Car Mechanic in the UK


Bilmekaniker. Foto.

Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: maintenance, break down, recommend, independent, honesty, the public, reputation, vehicle, manufacturer, schedule, baffle, dealer, warranty, wiring diagram, landlord, property, overheads, retire

YTS = Youth Training Scheme

Mekaniker med praksisplass. Foto.
Mekaniker med praksisplass.

MOT is used for the Ministry of Transport (now Department of Transport) test which is required annually on all cars over 3 years old to check that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards.

Elektrisk bil som lader. Foto.
Elektrisk bil som lader

Listen to the following interview with a car mechanic in the UK and find out:

  • Where he works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK he works.
  • Why he chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks he has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities he suggests are needed by a car mechanic
  • Does he describe any work processes or services that he provides?
  • What he likes best and least about his job.
  • How he thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where he sees himself in 5 - 10 years' time.

Car Mechanic - Interview

Car Mechanic - Interview

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a car mechanic in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
  2. Now compare a car mechanic's job and education in the UK with a car mechanic's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse


After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • The mechanic finds that the brake pads have to be changed.
  • You would like the mechanic to check the oil. He finds it needs to be topped up.
  • Ask what the mechanic will check when the car has an MOT.


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