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Bus Eireann Apprentice HGV Mechanics

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Bus Eireann Apprentice HGV Mechanics

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 

Bus Eireann Apprentice HGV Mechanics

Bus Éireann, the national bus and coach company and Dublin Bus, which operates bus services in the greater Dublin Area are now seeking to recruit apprentice heavy vehicle mechanics in the following locations:

  • Dublin
  • Cork
  • Waterford
  • Ballina
  • Limerick
  • Thurles
  • Tralee
  • Galway
  • Athlone
  • Longford

The apprenticeship positions are open to both female and male candidates. The closing date for applications is 10th April 2016.

Bus Éireann apprentices are trained to the highest possible technical standards and acquire, amongst many other skills, the ability to maintain the various systems associated with modern public service vehicles. This includes training on the various day to day repairs and preventative maintenance tasks, in addition to vehicle diagnostics/fault finding with some of the most advanced systems of its kind in place.

Bus Éireann apprentices have had much success in the National Skills Competition over the years. 

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements include:

Junior Certificate ordinary level C in English or Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

1. Irish or English

2. Mathematics

3. Science Subject (Technology, Art, Craft & Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork).

4. Any two other subjects (Grade D or higher on higher level papers is acceptable).

OR Leaving Certificate

Grade D or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

1. Irish or English

2. Mathematics

3. Science Subject (Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics and Chemistry.)

4. Any two other subjects.

Applicants must be 16 years of age  by August 1 2016.

Application Process

The closing date for submitting an application is 10th April, 2016. Placements will commence in Autumn 2016.

Each candidate will be required to undertake aptitude tests and the results will be used to compile a shortlist for interview purposes.

Applications must be made online – click here to start your application for an apprenticeship.


Click here for details of other Craft and New Professional Apprenticeships.

Other Vacancies with Bus Éireann

Bus Eireann also have current vacancies for Drivers and Clerical Roles - click here for details.

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