Job NameAuto electrician
Job DescriptionAuto electricians fit and repair the electrics in motor vehicles.
Salary Low£15,000 Starter
Salary high:£35,000 Experienced
Typical hours:42 to 44 a week
Typical Hours per Day:on call
as customers demand
How to become an Auto electrician
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a vehicle maintenance and repair course that also covers auto electrical work. Relevant courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Vehicle Systems Maintenance
- Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle Studies
- Level 2 Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
- Level 2 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Competence
You'll usually need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You could get into this career through an intermediate apprenticeship in vehicle maintenance and repair.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can apply for jobs as an auto electrician if you've got qualifications and experience in motor mechanics.
You can find out more about becoming an auto electrician from Autocity.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of maths
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- the ability to use your initiative
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- persistence and determination
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You may need a driving licence, which might include LGV (lorries) or PCV (buses), depending on the vehicles you work with.
What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- taking readings, using a laptop or hand-held device connected to an engine's electronic control unit
- checking and testing wiring and parts in older vehicles using portable instruments
- using readings to find faults
- researching faults, using manufacturers' circuit diagrams and manuals
- repairing or replacing faulty parts
- retesting the system to make sure everything is working correctly and safely (this may include road testing the vehicle)
- filling out a repair sheet listing the work you have done
You could work at a garage or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to be a supervisor or manager, or move into vehicle sales or marketing
You could also set up your own business.