- 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
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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.
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.
You can find out more about becoming an auto electrician from Autocity.