Garage manager Service centre manager, vehicle workshop manager
Garage managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of a garage workshop.
1. Entry requirements
You'll need a vehicle technician qualification and several years' experience in the motor trade.
You'll also need a full UK driving licence.
2. Skills required
- customer service skills
- the ability to lead a team
- engineering skills
- computer skills
3. What you'll do
- supervising a team of mechanics
- dealing with customers
- organising bookings and assigning work to mechanics
- ordering parts
- checking the quality of work
- controlling a budget
- recruiting staff
- managing fleet accounts for commercial clients
You could work with cars, lorries, passenger vehicles and construction plant equipment.
Starter: £22,000 to £25,000
Experienced: £25,000 to £34,000
Highly Experienced: £35,000 or more
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week.
You'll be largely office-based, but may spend some time in the workshop, depending on your duties.
6. Career path and progression
With experience you could become a fleet maintenance, service centre, or general business manager with a manufacturer's dealership.
You could also become a technical manager, specialising in a particular area like heavy commercial vehicles or motor sport.
IMI Accreditation for Management could help you progress in your career.
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Last updated: 11 April 2017