and constantly gaining new experience is of utmost importance if you want to get anywhere in this field. You must want to learn new things every day. This is not a tedious nine-to-five job – you must be hungry to gain new knowledge on a continuous basis, especially when it comes to innovative technology in the motor industry.”
Required studies and experience
“Attending a technical school would be an advantage. Many companies offer school-leavers apprenticeships to qualify as motor technicians. Qualified technicians can then move on to doing a more advanced training programme such as the Cotech training offered by Renault.”
“Many technicians are very impatient and lose their temper easily – I suppose it’s just a guy thing! But I believe it’s to your advantage if you are calm and collected and don’t have a short temper – especially when dealing with customers – which is something I also enjoy. You also have to be determined and persistent.”
An average day
“My day is quite varied. Other than diagnosing and fixing problems, I liaise with customers, and the parts division, as well as handle queries with regard to the warranties on the vehicles.
Assisting other technicians in problem areas also makes up part of my day.”
The best thing about the job
“Fixing a car! I love discovering where the fault lies and repairing it – this gives me immense satisfaction.”
The worst thing about the job
“The very worst thing about this job is when you have the symptoms of a fault – you are sure you know what the problem is, but you battle to fix it because you can’t find the cause! For example, an immobiliser fault could have the same symptoms as another fault that is picked up on the computer. You then just have to work according to trial and error, and use the process of elimination to get to the root of the cause. This can be extremely frustrating – the computers don’t always co-operate with us,” laughs Yugeshin.
“This job is more like a hobby to me. My mind is on cars 24/7. I also love modifying and rebuilding cars, and transforming them into something similar to those in the movie ‘The Fast and the Furious’. My ultimate dream is to get the opportunity to work on Formula 1 racing cars.”
Published By: Marli Merz & Matters