Hungarian-born 25-year-old Tibor moved to Edinburgh in 2011 to pursue his dream of working in the automotive industry. After studying a panel beating course at college in Hungary, Tibor later came to Edinburgh College to study Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.
Despite having limited English when he started his course, he achieved his Level 1, 2 and 3 Diploma and was voted Automotive Student of the Year at the college’s 2017 prize-giving awards. Tibor also won an award for Outstanding Student at the Institute of the Motor Industry’s annual Outstanding Achievers Awards 2017.
Studying at college helped Tibor to gain employment at Stagecoach Bus where he works as a mechanic. He also recently achieved his IMI Level 3 in Heavy Vehicle Repair and Maintenance through his work.
What made you want a career in Automotive Engineering?
When I was younger my dad worked as an agricultural mechanic in Hungary so I was always around vehicles and was curious about how things worked and how they could be fixed. When other kids were out playing I was looking at ways to fix and improve my bicycle. After completing a panel beating course in Hungary I decided I wanted to improve my skills and gain new qualifications. After moving to Edinburgh I decided to apply for the Level 1 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course. I now work with my dad at Stagecoach Bus.
What was the best thing about your course?
I enjoyed learning about the different elements of the car, how they work together and need to be maintained. I developed many skills from electrical and digital to mechanical engineering. It was interesting to learn about the whole vehicle and how it is constructed. I learned diagnostic techniques and gained knowledge of transmission and chassis systems. Being able to gain my level 1, 2 and 3 qualification in one place was great and I now have an industry recognised qualification. English is not my first language so I found the beginning of the course quite challenging but the support from my lecturers really helped me.
What does your role as a bus mechanic a Stagecoach involve?
It is my responsibility to maintain and repair the company’s fleet buses to a high standard. As a mechanic I also have to carry out preventative maintenance. There is a lot of responsibility to make sure everything is working correctly and efficiently. I have to keep up to date with the latest technologies to ensure my skills are current. I enjoy discovering the most effective and efficient way to fix and improve things.
What makes a good mechanic?
Confidence in your ability. To be a mechanic you have to be good at problem solving, and be curious about why something may not be working or functioning to its full ability. It is about discovering new and better ways to solve a problem, as well as fixing things. As a bus mechanic it’s my job to maintain the vehicles, making sure they are functioning properly and are safe.
If somebody was thinking about studying Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair what advice would you give them?
Do it! If you’re curious about how vehicles work, why they break and how they can be improved then this is the course for you – you learn so many skills which can be adapted and developed.