THERE are many different opportunities open to you if you’re interested in a career in motor vehicle engineering.
Wirral Met students progress on to successful careers in top dealerships, franchises, service centres and general garages.
So whether you’d like to be a service technician, diagnostic technician, mechanic, MOT specialist, service manager or you’d like to become self-employed, there will be plenty of career options in motor vehicle/motorcycle maintenance and repair services.
Wirral Met College has excellent, fully equipped motor cycle and motor vehicle workshops at its Twelve Quays Campus in Birkenhead, to help students develop the specialist skills and experience to carry out servicing, repair and diagnostics of cars and motorbikes.
Students from Wirral Met College have progressed to jobs with many different motorcycle specialists including Bill Smiths, Chester; Harley Davidson, Chester; and BMW, Chester.
Eric Edwards is one of the college’s most passionate and long serving tutors.
He regularly attends biking events around the UK, including the National Association of Bikers for the Disabled (NABD) which takes place annually, in Chelmsford, Cheshire and the Motorcycle Action Group’s ‘Farmyard Rally’ in East Yorkshire.
Eric has been riding motorbikes since he was 16 and when he left school at 16, he worked in the Honda motorcycle dealership.
Soon after, he became the first fully qualified motorcycle mechanic in the country to be awarded the new City and Guilds qualifications (at that time, mechanics were only qualified in general motor vehicle qualifications).
Eric’s career went from strength to strength and he became the top UK mechanic in 1980 and was presented with an award by the Road Transport Industry Training Board.
While developing his own motorcycle repairs and maintenance garage, Eric began to teach at Wirral Met College on a part-time basis.
He then moved into a full-time teaching role and has now been teaching at the college for 30 years.