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Auto Electrician Profile

 Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Auto Electrician. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Auto Electrician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Auto Electrician Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

• Auto electricians find and repair electrical faults in motor vehicles and fit new electrical and electronic parts and accessories.

• In a modern vehicle they can connect a laptop computer to the vehicle's Electronic Control Unit (ECU). In older vehicles, electrical wiring and electronic parts may be checked using electrical testing equipment such as ammeters and voltmeters.

• Once they have found the problem they make the repair or replace the faulty part, then test the system to make sure everything is working safely.

Auto electricians normally work from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and may work overtime or shifts. Most modern workshops and garages are large, airy and well lit, but may be cold in winter. Much of the work involves bending, stretching and lying in cramped or uncomfortable positions. Auto electricians need:

• good communication skills
• to work well in a team or on their own initiative
• normal colour vision
• good hand skills and practical ability.

More than 750,000 people work in the motor industry. There is a steady demand for trained auto electricians throughout the country and likely to be shortages of skilled people in the future. There are no minimum qualifications, but employers may ask for four GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3) including maths, English and a science subject. People can either find an apprenticeship, or study full time before starting work.

What does the role encounter?

Auto electricians find and repair electrical faults in motor vehicles, and fit new electrical and electronic parts and accessories. In modern vehicles, electrical systems may include computer-controlled engine management systems, electronic ignition, digital display dashboards and electrically-operated seats and windows. Auto electricians need to use a variety of testing equipment to find out what is wrong.

In a modern vehicle, auto electricians can connect a laptop computer to the vehicle's Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and use a keyboard to enter details about the vehicle. From an on-screen menu they can select a system - for example the brakes, suspension or transmission. The computer will then report the fault - perhaps a loose connection or a break in the circuit wiring. In older vehicles without an ECU, electrical wiring and electronic parts may be checked using electrical testing equipment such as ammeters and voltmeters. Most testing is done in the car, using portable equipment, but sometimes on a test bench. The electrician may also consult wiring diagrams to help locate the problem. Once they have found the problem they make the repair or replace the faulty part, then test the system to make sure everything is working safely. This could include road testing the vehicle. Other tasks include fitting electrical and electronic accessories such as alarms and audio systems.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Auto electricians normally work from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Some firms work overtime in the evenings or Saturday mornings. Garages operating a 24-hour breakdown service have a shift rota system, though heavy vehicle firms may operate a 24-hour on-call system instead. Some heavy vehicle companies only service vehicles at night.

Most modern workshops and garages are large, airy and well lit, and many are heated. However, they can still be cold in the winter when doors need to be left open for access. Some workshop areas may be oily and greasy at times. Auto electricians also work outside when they go to vehicle breakdowns at the roadside. This can mean working in all weathers.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

• Trainee auto electricians can earn around £10,000 a year.
• With experience, this figure could rise to around £16,000.

With bonuses and allowances, pay can increase by 100% or more. Some employers offer discounts and free overalls. Trainees normally have to buy their own tools, but most employers will help with loans or credit.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

• good hand skills to work with small items like washers, nuts and bolts
• practical ability for soldering and using tools and electrical measuring instruments
• safety-consciousness
• to work methodically, paying close attention to detail
• good communication skills to deal with colleagues and the general public
• to work well in a team and on their own initiative
• a driving licence
• normal colour vision
• to understand electrical wiring diagrams.

What type of training will I receive?

New entrants normally work towards NVQs/SVQs in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Auto Electrical) at Levels 2 and 3. They normally train in the workplace, with day or block release at college. Most reach NVQ/SVQ Level 3 standard within three and a half years.

Some study part time, by day or block release, for national diplomas or certificates and HNDs/HNCs, while at work.

Advanced Modern Apprenticeships may lead to BTEC/SQA HNC/HNDs.

Manufacturers run their own specialist training schemes which can lead to technician status.

Career Progression:

Auto electricians can often gain promotion to supervisory and management positions.

Qualified and experienced auto electricians can set up in business on their own, although equipment and premises can cost a lot.

Are there similar types of job or related industries?

Yes, this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:

Engineer: Electronics
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer/Refinisher/Builder
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Worker
Motor Vehicle Technician
Vehicle Breakdown Engineer
Vehicle Parts Operative
Auto Electrical Engineer.

Where can I find further information?

Motor Industry Training Council Limited (MITC), 201 Great Portland Street, London W1N 6AB. 020 7436 6373. Website: www.mitc.co.uk

AA, Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke RG21 4EA. 0990 448866. Website: www.theaa.co.uk

Engineering and Marine Training Authority (ECIS), 14 Upton Road, Watford WD18 OJT. 0800 282167. Website: www.enginuity.org.uk

RAC, RAC House, 1 Forest Road, Feltham, Middlesex TW13 7RR. 020 8917 2500. Website: www.rac.co.uk

ReMIT:

England: 201 Great Portland Street, London, W1N 6AB. 020 7580 9122. Website: www.remit.co.uk

Scotland: Unit 8 Newyearfield, Farm Business Units, Ladywell, Livingston EH54 6TW. 01506 411 944. Website: www.ismstowe.demon.co.uk

Road Haulage & Distribution Training Council (RHDTC), 14 Warren Yard, Warren Farm Office Village, Stratford Road, Milton Keynes MK12 5NW. 01908 313360. Website: www.rhdtc.co.uk

The Scottish Motor Trade Association, 3 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AF. 0131 225 3643. Website: www.smta.co.uk

TRANSfED (Transport), Regency House, 43 High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1ET. 01923 896607. Website: www.transfed.org.uk


Other Useful Auto Electrician Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Auto Electrician job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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