Mechanical and Electrical Trim Technicians (MET) are responsible for identifying damaged mechanical and electrical components on vehicles and removing and refitting before and after the vehicle is refinished. As a Mechanical and Electrical Trim Technician, you will need to demonstrate the ability to use specialised equipment, the ability to work as part of a team and on your own initiative, good communication skills, an awareness of safety procedures and the ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

Working hours and salary

You will normally work from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. However, as a MET technician apprentice you may be required to work overtime in the evenings and at weekends as you progress through the apprenticeship. You will usually work indoors in workshops or body shops and you will be expected to wear safety clothing when using specialised equipment and carrying out certain tasks. As a MET apprentice technician, you will earn at least the apprentice national minimum wage. Once you are qualified you may expect to earn £19,000 or more.

Career progression

MET technician apprentices will work towards their level 2 qualifications and will then progress to level 3. The level 2 will take 18 months and the level 3 a further 12 months. Once qualified as a MET Technician level 3 you could also consider a career as a Body Shop Manager or an Automotive Trainer.