Garage manager

Service centre manager, vehicle workshop manager, workshop controller

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

Salary range: £22,000 to £35,000

How to become a garage manager

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:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
  • Level 4 Diploma in Automotive Engineering

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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You could start as a motor mechanic or service technician and work your way up through training and promotion.

You’ll need a vehicle technician qualification and several years’ experience in the motor trade.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in the motor industry from Autocity.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • 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 carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • supervising a team of mechanics
  • dealing with customers
  • organising bookings and assigning work to staff
  • ordering parts
  • checking the quality of work
  • controlling a budget
  • recruiting staff
  • managing fleet accounts for commercial clients

Working environment

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.

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