How to become a commercial vehicle engineer with an apprenticeship

Male commercial vehicle apprentice repairing a bus.

The future of bus, coach and HGV engineering is really revving up.

A renewed focus on public transport coupled with emerging ‘green’ technologies such as electric buses is ensuring there is a real demand for skilled engineers to keep Britain moving.

If you’ve ever wondered how to become a commercial vehicle engineer with an apprenticeship, then read on.

What does a commercial vehicle engineer do?

Bus and Coach Engineering Technicians carry out the inspection, repair and servicing of buses and coaches. Heavy Vehicle Service Technicians carry out repairs and servicing to large vehicles such as trucks and trailers.

This includes both mechanical and electrical systems, with technicians inspecting, diagnosing, repairing and testing equipment and systems on different vehicles. The work ranges from performing simple tasks, like replacing a part to solving complex faults often using diagnostic equipment.

Average salary

Average salary for an engineer is £34,000 with the potential to earn more with more specialised study.*

Commercial vehicle engineering requirements


You'll need good levels of GCSE maths and English, ideally three or more GCSEs at Grade 4 and above. You might still be accepted without these, but we’ll help you to gain your English and maths.

Commercial Vehicle Engineering Training and Skills

As a Heavy Vehicle Service technician, you’ll be trained in all parts of heavy vehicle mechanical and electronic systems, ranging from engine and transmission systems to convenience and security systems. You’ll need to be able to solve problems, have excellent practical skills, good communication and be able to follow verbal and written instructions. 

Bus and Coach Engineering Technicians are trained in all aspects of passenger carrying vehicle technology including mechanical and electrical systems. You’ll need to have good communication skills, have an eye for detail, be able to follow verbal and written instructions and show excellent practical skills. 

Our technician apprenticeships are Level 3 and are delivered from our newly customised, dedicated engineer hub based in Manchester. You can take a video tour of our facilities here.

Apply for a commercial vehicle engineering apprenticeship

We offer a variety of commercial vehicle engineering apprenticeships. Apply now, browse our vacancies or speak to one of our friendly team on 03333 222 666 who’ll be able to answer all your questions. 


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