South West College (SWC), will be hosting their annual Automotive Open Evening at their industry-standard motor vehicle workshop at Gortin Road, Omagh, on Tuesday 24th May 2022, from 3 pm – 8 pm. To register your attendance, visit:

For anyone currently working within the industry or thinking of beginning a career in the automotive industry, you are invited to come along and look around the recently developed purpose-built facilities, which specialises in delivering Heavy Vehicle and Land-Based Engineering courses.  

Employers from the industry are also invited to attend the event to showcase their range of recruitment opportunities and can register to attend the event by emailing barry.o’

The showcase employer and recruitment event will open at 3pm on 24th May and is a fantastic opportunity for automotive enthusiasts, parents, prospective students, suppliers and industry professionals to meet and connect whilst touring the facilities, which include the latest diagnostic and mechanical equipment available within the Motor Vehicle Industry.

Thanks to the incredible industry links the department has established with Volvo, Scania, DAF, Mercedes, Renault and MAN, John Deere, Massy Ferguson, New Holland, Deutz and CASE. 

The drop-in event will also feature an exciting range of live practical demonstrations from 6 pm - 8 pm, including WABCO T-EBS E / ECAS Braking and Suspension Training, incorporating a fully functional ECAS system and will also feature Wabco's Tailguard Reversing Technology.

Other demonstrations include Heavy Vehicle; AdBlue Technology:  a diesel exhaust fluid used in vehicles with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to reduce harmful gases being released into the atmosphere.

CDX Web – Based learning; Automotive technicians must learn how to safely and effectively maintain, diagnose, and repair every system on the automobile. Includes; “strategy-based diagnostics,” a method used to solve technical problems correctly on the first attempt.

As well as Electric Vehicle; Hazard Management (Cars) and Plant Maintenance; Line-Boring a Track Machine Boom (8 Ton Hitachi) and Land-Based Engineering; Measure the Horse Power on an agriculture tractor using a Dynamometer (John Deere 6930.)

Demonstrations will include a run-through of each of these technologies, consequently allowing guests to learn about best practices and discover the latest technology and techniques available. So, they have a good understanding of the systems and how they work so, they can repair them when a problem arises.

The purpose-built workshop aims to provide future students and industry professionals with the skills they need to succeed in the industry and provides a variety of specialist light and heavy vehicle training, apprenticeship and assessment packages from Level 2 to 5.

Guests will have the opportunity to speak to our expert trainers about the specialist training on offer and discuss any of your specific training needs, as well as apply for courses and apprenticeships starting in September 2022.  

Local employers will also get the opportunity to meet young people interested in a career in the motor vehicle industry and who may have the potential to work within your organisation.  

Speaking about the facility and the upcoming Open evening, Automotive and Electrical Lecturer Joshua Semple said: “This recently developed automotive workshop is a purpose-built building, with classroom facilities, practical workspaces, and industry-standard vehicles and technologies. Over the years, we have built up a great relationship with local industry. We assess their needs and provide the latest training that keeps our learners up to date with industry requirements.

This expansive facility will certainly enhance our ability to provide this service, and we encourage anyone currently working within the industry or thinking of beginning a career in automotive (cars, lorries, diggers and tractors) to come along to our Open Evening to experience the facilities, network with industry and see the options that we have available to them.” 

  For further information or to register your attendance, please visit: or contact Barry O’Neill via email at barry.o’ or call Barry on 07759839619.

Automotive courses at SWC