Garage Manager

Job Description:

Garage managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of a garage workshop.

Job Category:
Automotive & Aviation

What you will do:

You’ll be:

  • supervising a team of mechanics
  • dealing with customers
  • organising bookings and assigning work to mechanics
  • ordering parts
  • checking the quality of work
  • controlling a budget
  • recruiting staff
  • managing fleet accounts for commercial clients

You could work with cars, lorries, passenger vehicles and construction plant equipment.



You’ll most likely need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • the ability to motivate and manage staff (leadership skills)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to organise your time and workload (organisational skills)


Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a Garage Manager or an automotive service manager, specific subjects are not typically required. However, certain subjects and skills can be valuable for a career in automotive management. Garage Managers oversee the operations of automotive repair and maintenance facilities. Here are some subjects that can be beneficial:

  1. Mathematics: Basic mathematical skills are essential for tasks like calculating costs, pricing services, and managing budgets.
  2. Business Studies or Economics: These subjects can provide a foundation in business principles, management concepts, and financial management, which are relevant to garage management.
  3. English Language: Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for interacting with customers, staff, and suppliers.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software and systems is increasingly important for managing scheduling, inventory, and customer records.
  5. Engineering or Mechanics: While not required, Engineering or Mechanics can provide a basic understanding of automotive systems and repair processes, which can be helpful when overseeing a garage.

Post School

Work Experience

You’ll need a vehicle technician qualification and several years’ experience in the motor trade.

You’ll also need a full driving licence.

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week.

You could work in an office, at a garage or in a workshop. Your working environment may be noisy and dirty. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience you could become a fleet maintenance, service centre, or general business manager with a manufacturer’s dealership.

You could also become a technical manager, specialising in a particular area like heavy commercial vehicles or motorsport.

In the UK, an IMI Accreditation for Management could help you progress in your career.