£24,000 Starter - £36,000 Experienced
43 to 45 a week (in your own business)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
working towards this role
You could work towards this role by doing a relevant college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.
You could start as a motor mechanic or service technician and work your way into management through training and promotion.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) offers training and qualifications in workshop management for people working in the motor trade.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- business management skills
- the ability to motivate and manage staff
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to organise your time and workload
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to have a full driving licence
What you’ll do
As a garage manager, you will:
- supervise a team of mechanics
- give quotes for costs and timescales
- organise bookings and assign work to staff
- check the quality of work
- advise customers about work carried out
- control a budget
- order parts
- recruit new staff
- manage fleet accounts for commercial clients
You could work in an office, at a garage or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be noisy and dirty.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression
You could become a fleet maintenance, service centre, or general business manager with a manufacturer's dealership.
You might also become a technical manager, specialising in a particular area like heavy commercial vehicles or motor sport.
You may find professional training like the IMI Accreditation for Management could help your career prospects.