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Garage manager Service centre manager, vehicle workshop manager

Garage managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of a garage workshop.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

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.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and Autocity have more information about working in this industry.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to lead a team
  • engineering skills
  • computer skills

3. What you'll do

You'll be:

  • 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.

4. Salary

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