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Auto electrician

Auto electricians fit and repair the electrics in motor vehicles.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £35,000

Employment by 2024

-4.65%

Working hours

42 to 44 a week

  • 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.

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