HGV mechanics are key contributors to the automotive industry and are responsible for the servicing and repairs of heavy goods vehicles typically used for distribution and haulage. A HGV mechanic will typically undertake tasks such as maintenance, diagnosing and addressing faults and giving technical advice. The job role requires specialist skills and automotive recruitment agencies are likely to have a database of live candidates with the qualities to excel in the position. An agency will also utilise bespoke search tactics to source the most in demand candidates in the market.
Salaries for HGV mechanics can vary depending on experience and where they're based, although the average earnings tend to be around £25K per annum. New entrants into the job role will start on pay between £8K-12K but training and years of experience can see this rise to £30K+. The highest salaries are usually in the South East of the UK and this location also offers the best job opportunities for candidates.
Candidates don't need specific qualifications to become a HGV mechanic but employers will favour those with GCSEs in science, English and maths. Another alternative is to look at an apprenticeships with the likes of Volvo Trucks or DAF. Once hired, personnel will be expected to complete technical training such as an NVQ and this will usually be provided through the employer. Previous exposure to heavy goods vehicles is desired as is any experience in repairs and maintenance.
Other qualities necessary for candidates looking to enter the field include attention to detail, a methodical way of thinking and the ability to solve problems. Successful applicants should also show an enthusiasm for vehicles and the automotive industry. Specialist HGV recruitment agencies can identify professionals with these skills and recommend them for permanent, temporary and contract vacancies