A workshop controller is responsible for ensuring all work to vehicles in their garage (usually within a dealership) is carried out appropriately. This involves assigning work to vehicle technicians. The workshop controller will also liaise with service departments within a dealership, for example, and will be on hand to answer queries from other departments regarding repairs, maintenance etc.


What does a workshop controller do?

Reporting to the service manager, key objectives a workshop controller will have in their role includes ensuring quality control, parts are correctly ordered, conducting audits on the team’s work and general compliance. There will also be a focus on ensuring the correct health and safety standards/procedures.


Other job responsibilities will include:

  • Customer service
  • Generating profit for the dealership
  • Managing and coaching a team of vehicle technicians and apprentices, making sure targets and business objectives are met
  • Working with colleagues and other departments to ensure a seamless service for customers
  • Scheduling work to meet customer needs, taking into account workshop targets, the complexity of each job and the availability of parts
  • Providing estimates for servicing and repairs and setting timescales
  • Accurately recording technician time and writing technical reports and recommendations.
  • Assisting technicians with technical challenges to identify solutions
  • Ordering correct parts for vehicles
  • Ensuring warranty standards are adhered to
  • Liaising with other departments with regards to parts and any other queries as the workshop representative
  • Making sure all servicing work is carried out correctly, competently and on time, with customer satisfaction in mind
  • Ensuring that all work complies with DVSA, health and safety and manufacturer policy, as well as company standards


What key skills should a workshop controller have?

You will thrive in a workshop controller role if you have the following:

  • Previous experience within the automotive industry, particularly workshop control or technician
  • Organisational skills
  • Strong IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Ability to communicate well with customers and colleagues across different departments, both face-to-face and via email
  • Motivated and able to motivate others
  • Leadership and ability to delegate
  • Ability to work under pressure


What qualifications will I need to be a workshop controller?

To be a workshop controller, you should have a full UK driving licence, experience in a dealership, and strong IT skills (qualifications will come in very handy here). Ideally you will have experience of working as a fully qualified technician (level 3 preferred).


Evidence of ‘Right to Work in the UK’ will also be necessary, and any leadership/management training or qualifications which can be proved will also bode well for applicants.


How much does a workshop controller earn?

Starting salary: £20,000 – £23,000

Average salary According to InAutomotive 2019 data): £33,707.13

Experienced salary: £40,000

Below you can see the regional average salaries for workshop controllers:


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