Automotive Refrigerant Handling IMI Award | Level 3

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This course provides a Defra-approved qualification and covers a single unit solution that provides technicians working with cars and car derived vans, a qualification satisfying the minimum requirements. This qualification fulfils the European Union F-Gas Regulation.

In this course, you will learn about the function of air conditioning and why we need it. You will also learn about typical system layouts, common faults, the reasons we use R134a and 1234yr, relevant laws, and servicing stages and techniques.

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INTERVIEWEES – DAVE SELBY – Programme Manager Paint & Body (SPEAKING) & HARRISON  – Paint & Body Student (SPEAKING)


Scenery – A student is putting on a protective overall suit


Dave Selby – “Hi, my name is Dave Selby I’m programme manager for paint and body at Leeds City College here at the Printworks Campus.”


Scenery – A student is zipping up their protective overalls


Scenery – A student is putting on a helmet and respirator under guidance from a tutor. 


Dave Selby – “We try to keep up to industry standards, we visit garages on a regular basis. Talk about what they need, what they require from my students and then we’ll facilitate that here at the printworks.”


Scenery – A tutor is explaining how the spray gun works to a student.


Harrison – “Being in the booth is quite zen to be honest, you just get in there with the panel you’re going to be spraying, spray gun all hooked up mask down and you’re just away with your own thoughts spraying away until you get the job done. It’s quite peaceful.”


Scenery – A student is in the paint booth spraying a panel from a car


Dave Selby – “The students that have the most success are the ones with passion, you’ve got to have a passion for paint refinishing and bodywork, attention to detail is critical.”


Scenery – The student continues to spray the panel now under guidance from the tutor


Dave Selby – “If you’ve got a smashed up car and you’ve got to put it back to where it was at the beginning it has to look immaculate. So attention to detail, patience, a passion for the job and you’ll go far.”


End Slide – Leeds City College (School of Engineering Logo)




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By 2024, the vehicle technician, mechanic and electrician labour market in Leeds is predicted to grow by 5.3%. (EMSI, 2019)

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“I have cerebral palsy but I don’t let this hold me back. I get to spend every day doing something I love and learning more about it.” Nathan Hodgson Automotive Engineering student.
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