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Vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) technician (level 3)

Removing and refitting damaged mechanical and electrical components on a car before and after body repair work has been carried out.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Body Fitter
  • Bodyshop Mechanic
  • Bodyshop Technician
  • MET Technician
  • Stripper/Fitters
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Ability to undertake appropriate job preparation prior to commencing repair, e.g. disarming airbags, undertaking electrical safety precautions and conducting pre-repair diagnostics sweeps.
  • Ability to interpret relevant technical data, specification and methods will enable appropriate pre-preparation prior to work being carried out.
  • Ability to remove, repair and replace Engine, gearbox, suspension, mechanical and electrical systems, related autonomous items from the vehicle safely, e.g. Anti-lock Braking System units, safety restraint systems, Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) & Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) semi-autonomous components.
  • Ability to diagnose and fix faults within a vehicle management system (on board computer) & associated electrical system.
  • Ability to identify and communicate supplementary parts where required.
  • Ability to identify and operate the correct repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process such as Geometry Wheel Aligners for alignment of the wheels, diagnostic hardware to establish any faults with the vehicle and establish if parts are replaced or re calibrated, utilising torque wrenches to tighten nuts/bolts to the manufacturer recommendations
  • Ability to rebuild vehicles post repair and reinstate safety critical systems including Safety Restraint Systems, airbags, seat belts and pretensions, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, cameras, Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) systems and Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) systems including collision avoidance technology.
  • Qualified in refrigerant handling to EC842 2006 or the most up to date revision of this legislative requirement to enable the repair or replacement of air condition/climate control parts such as condensers, evaporator compressor pump

Full information on Vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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