We offer a level 3 and level 4 Certificate in Automotive Engineering with TEVETA. Over two years our students study a comprehensive set of modules, which cover all aspects of vehicle repair and maintenance.
As well as classroom teaching, our students gain invaluable practical experience working in our teaching lab and eventually, as their experience grows, they will be given time in our professional workshop under the strict supervision of our own full-time mechanics.
The TEVETA Automotive Mechanics Course is recognised Zambia-wide. Once qualified, many of our students go on to get excellent jobs in workshops and garages around Zambia as retained mechanics. Through the course, students will learn about all aspects of vehicle repair.
The aim of our programme is to teach much more than the theory of vehicle repair: we believe in giving our students general Life Skills, so we teach computing, agriculture, nutrition, health, and many other topics alongside our mechanics lectures. We also teach the value of discipline and hard work across our curriculum.
And this dedication to the whole person shows: when we follow up our students after they are employed, the most common thing we hear is that Mechanics for Africa graduates are different from other mechanics because they are honest, hard-working, and disciplined. That is why so many employers prefer Mechanics for Africa graduates.
Our teaching programme starts in January, and we start recruiting from July.
Places are limited. All applicants are invited to an assessment day, and will undertake a written test and an interview.
As with all TEVETA courses at this level, the entry requirement is a Grade 12 School Certificate with passes in a minimum of five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science. Our minimum age is 18 years.
What you will learn
Through this comprehensive course we teach the following modules, with both theory and practical lessons:
- Fundamentals of combustion engines
- Fuel injection systems and carburetors
- Transmission systems and clutches
- Manual and automatic gearboxes
- Vehicle diagnostics and fault-finding
- Suspension and steering
- Vehicle electronics and ignition systems
- Tuning and performance
- Chassis and bodywork
Those who pass their TEVETA exams become fully qualified mechanics with official certificates, which are recognised Zambia wide.
In addition to the teaching modules all our students are given an industrial attachment. During this time they join the mechanics in a workshop of one of the major employers in the Copperbelt Province who partner with us. This experience is one of the things that makes Mechanics for Africa students so successful, and those who perform well are given valuable references which help them find work when they graduate.
Our students also study a Life Skills course, which includes computing, agriculture, first aid, sexual and general health, nutrition, health and safety, leadership and communication skills, and interview techniques.
To enrol, you first need to collect an application form from our site, on Monkey Fountain Road in Ndola.
Application forms are available from July. We get around 200 enquiries every year, of which about 120 collect a form from our site. This is the first part of the process: we know those 120 people are dedicated.
Your application form must be returned to our site before the end of September, and all those who return forms will be invited for an assessment in November.
On the day of the assessment, you must arrive before 8 hours. Those that are late are turned away!
All candidates sit a short test, which we use to assess competency in English and Mathematics. The top 50% from the assessment will be given an interview, and we select the best candidates from the interviews to attend the course.
Our recruitment process is deliberately created so that we get the most dedicated and conscientious students on the first day of term: we have limited places, so we make sure we give those places to the students who most need them and who are most likely to finish the course.
You can contact us for more information.