Job type

Roadside recovery technician

£20k - £40k

Typical salary

38 – 44

Hours per week

Motor vehicle breakdown engineers help people whose vehicles have broken down.

More info

  • Help people whose vehicles have broken down by providing roadside assistance
  • You'll need great practical and problem-solving skills, driving skills, and mechanical knowledge
  • Progress into management, training or move into repairs in a garage

As a roadside recovery technician, you'll work on patrol and attend vehicle breakdowns.


  • Making sure the vehicle, driver and passengers are safe
  • Examining the vehicle to find and diagnose the fault
  • Carrying out roadside repairs
  • Towing or transporting the vehicle to a garage if major repair work is needed
  • Filling in record sheets for each job


You'll repair vehicles outdoors in all weather conditions and need to wear protective overalls and high-visibility clothing.

You'll need

For this role, you'll need the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools, thoroughness and attention to detail, good initiative, analytical thinking skills, physical skills, persistence and determination, and the ability to work well with others.

You can take a college course before applying to work as a trainee with a garage or breakdown company. Courses include a Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence, or Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Technology.

You could also get into this job through a motor vehicle service and maintenance technician advanced apprenticeship.

Direct application is possible if you have experience and qualifications in motor vehicle maintenance and repair.

You'll need a driving licence, and an LGV licence for some work, plus experience of working in a garage, knowledge of electrical and ignition systems and a motor vehicle maintenance qualification.


With experience, you could become a supervisor or manager, or move into training.