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Car Mechanic - Umea

Mr.UK
post 27.Sep.2008, 05:57 PM
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Just a quickie, does anyone know if jobs as a car mechanic in Sweden, preferably Umea, come available often? I have qualifications to the highest level in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank-you smile.gif
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24/7
post 27.Sep.2008, 07:31 PM
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Joined: 23.Sep.2007

Try at MotorCentrum (Saab) or Forslunds (Volvo).

Go there in person with a CV that details SPECIFICALLY your qualifications!

Swedes pay great store by qualifications/training - and not just a certificate of having attended some training course (which is called an "intyg") - you need a vocational or academic qualification (which is called here a "betyg" - the difference is usually that not all courses require an exam afterwards - if you took an exam then you more often that not have a "betyg" that VHS can translate for you).

There's a company called "VHS" that translates qualifications into Sveeedisch - you get that done through Arbetsförmedligen.

If you don't have a personnummer then all this is pointless - you have one, and "upphållstillstånd" right...?
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Mr.UK
post 28.Sep.2008, 12:46 AM
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Ha ha, I'm afraid i don't. I am intending to go over there within the next few months. Regarding "VHS" it cost to have your qualifications translated?
I haven't took any Swedish exams, i think i failed to state i was from England, ha ha, how stupid :oops:

How do i get a personnummer, Im guessing once your officially a citizen of the country? and a "upphållstillstånd" ...

Hope you can help, its appreciated

Thanks. smile.gif
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Puffin
post 28.Sep.2008, 04:49 PM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

I think that you means a resident of Sweden rather than a citizen as of course you are not eleigible for citizenship for several years. You can get a personal number as soon as you register with the tax office as they are the official registrars of the population. Without a personal number you cannot do much in Sweden as it not only acts like a National Insurance number but is also used in order to gain access to medical and educational services etc.


VHS - traslates school certificates into Swedish such as GCSE/O levels and A levels etc. Employers often like to see a translation so that they know who your certificates compares with a Swedish certificate
http://www.vhs.se/templates/Page.aspx?id=1014

When it comes to your mechanic qualifications - then I am not entirely sure where you can get these assessed. It migh be a good idea to contact the Motor Industry Professional Association
http://www.bilproffs.se/default____3.aspx

Or perhaps if they cannot help the Employment Agency can point you in the right direction
http://www.arbetsformedlingen.se/
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jim747
post 28.Sep.2008, 05:56 PM
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Location: Umeå
Joined: 12.Aug.2006

There is an English bloke taking over as boss at BilDahl in Ersboda, there is also another Englishman called Nigel who works there. Not sure if they have a garage or if they are just a selling outlet.

You could always get in touch when you arrive and see if they can at least give you some pointers.
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Mr.UK
post 28.Sep.2008, 06:13 PM
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Thanks alot folks, helped me out.

Regarding the actual job, is the specific needs for mechanics over in Sweden? or are the jobs hard to come by?

Thanks.
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Nomark
post 28.Sep.2008, 06:39 PM
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Joined: 25.Sep.2006

I could do with one - my car's been playing up today.

It will be interesting to see how you get on. My guess, for whats its worth, is that you'll find work quickly enough in one way or another. You have experience and a skill to offer rather than a bit of paper with the word university on it.

Best of luck and please keep on posting here.
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Mr.UK
post 28.Sep.2008, 08:25 PM
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Joined: 13.Sep.2008

Ha ha, if you have any problems Id be glad to help as much as possible. But really, thanks for the help, i have my heart set on this. Ill try keep you updated as often as possible.

Anymore help would be great smile.gif

Thanks, again smile.gif
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24/7
post 28.Sep.2008, 10:00 PM
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Joined: 23.Sep.2007

Hi again - yeah, what Puffin said!

Translations were done for free when I registered with Arbetsförmedlingen. Took a few weeks but worth it.

About mechanics jobs in general - you might find the competition a bit tough, as Swedish High Schools have specialised programmes for 16-19 yr olds, one of which is "Fordonsprogramet" or "Vehicle Programme", which covers a huge range of topics to do with vehicles and vehicle maintenance.

Best bet is to go with the advice you got so far on the official front, but also the unofficial front from jim747. In either case, you need to get the personnummer!!

Talk in the first instance to Migrationsverket (they are out of town by where the big Coop is on the E4) - also Skattverket - you should be able to get a temporary personnummer for tax purposes if you find official paid work before Migrationsverket give you a temporary residence permit - at least, that's what I did 5 years ago, it might have changed.

Best of luck!
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24/7
post 28.Sep.2008, 10:02 PM
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Hi again - yeah, what Puffin said!

Translations were done for free when I registered with Arbetsförmedlingen. Took a few weeks but worth it.

About mechanics jobs in general - you might find the competition a bit tough, as Swedish High Schools have specialised programmes for 16-19 yr olds, one of which is "Fordonsprogramet" or "Vehicle Programme", which covers a huge range of topics to do with vehicles and vehicle maintenance.

Best bet is to go with the advice you got so far on the official front, but also the unofficial front from jim747. In either case, you need to get the personnummer!!

Talk in the first instance to Migrationsverket (they are out of town by where the big Coop is on the E4) - also Skattverket - you should be able to get a temporary personnummer for tax purposes if you find official paid work before Migrationsverket give you a temporary residence permit - at least, that's what I did 5 years ago, it might have changed.

Best of luck!
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Bishop Conkers
post 29.Sep.2008, 08:27 AM
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Joined: 6.Mar.2006

I am in the branch and have some useful tips for you.

In sweden the employer supplies all the tools, so you won't need to take your own kit to work, bring it with you though, as you'll get plenty of jobs on the side and this will almost certainly match the amount you get paid by a garage.
If you get a job, don't think about taking your own kit to work, as it will upset the other mechanics.
Swedish mechanics generally and in my experience are a combination of rock-apes and muppets. The education is a joke and they are more interested in staying clean and warm than actually working. Most workshops will have the thermostat set at 20-22c and you'll sweat your nuts off... as the normal UK garage is unheated and uninsulated... this takes a while to get used to.
You don't need to get your grades translated as in my experience in the motor industry here, it is a lot of work of mouth and contacts.

So move here first and start to learn the language, do a few odd jobs and car fixing by picking up contacts, here is a good place to start. Always buy your parts from the same place... Mekonomen is a good parts supplier, and once you start to strike up a relationship with the guys at your parts dealership, mention that you are looking for a full time job and they might put you touch...
Mechanics here seem to change jobs quite often... which is good for you.

But learn swedish first... then go around the garages and introduce yourself... most will look at you like you are about to mug them... but you might get lucky and strike up a good relationship with one of them.

Good Luck!.

Bish <----- oh, and the sharp intake of breath- means yes!
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Mr.UK
post 29.Sep.2008, 06:20 PM
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Joined: 13.Sep.2008

Thanks a lot Bishop Conkers, that really helped. Would you mind if i asked where you worked? Are you familiar with what the main dealers are like? Or is it best to start of in an 'Average Joe's' garage?

Regarding certificates and qualifications, mine are with City and Guilds and Ive heard that's what a lot of employers look for, is this true?

Thanks!!!!!!! smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif
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Mr.UK
post 5.Nov.2008, 09:46 PM
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Joined: 13.Sep.2008

Well, to give you a slight update, I got in touch with Motorcentralen, an Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda dealer in Umea. I asked if be being able to speak the language would be a problem. He said not being able to speak Sveeedish wouldn't be a problem, but at this moment they wasn't looking for technicians, so that's a downer sad.gif

At least they was one of the many that actually got back to me. Anyone have any suggestions of where I can try?

Please sad.gif

Thanks biggrin.gif
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roch
post 5.Nov.2008, 09:52 PM
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Joined: 28.Aug.2007

Hej, You need to go in, IN PERSON to every single mechanical place. I don't know if you have been emailing or calling, but up here that just won't do... because you are an unknown... you will definitely have a better chance by going in and having a friendly conversation with the bosses!

So get out the phone book and your map and get out there! A lot of places are tucked away from the main road or entrance so unless you look them up before you head out you could miss some places.

Good luck! biggrin.gif
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*PrinceKnight*
post 5.Nov.2008, 10:28 PM
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Mr. UK,

Nothing for nothing, but is there a particularly good reason as to why you have your heart set on Umeå of all places? I mean, for Christ's sake, you do realize, there is a shortage of women in the northern parts (bad guy/girl ratio), don't you?

You might want to consider some place more central, like Gävle for instance.
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