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Auto electrician

Alternative titles for this job include

Auto electricians fit and repair the electrics in motor vehicles.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£37,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 44 a week

You could work

on call as customers demand

How to become

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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 2 Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
  • Level 2 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Competence
  • Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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You could get into this career through the following apprenticeships:

  • advanced motor vehicle service and maintenance technician
  • advanced vehicle damage, mechanical, electrical and trim technician

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply for jobs as an auto electrician if you've got qualifications and experience in motor mechanics.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming an auto electrician from Autocity.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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
  • the ability to work well with others
  • problem-solving skills
  • 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

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • take readings, using a laptop or hand-held device connected to an engine's electronic control unit
  • check and test wiring and parts in older vehicles using portable instruments
  • use readings to find faults
  • research faults, using manufacturers' circuit diagrams and manuals
  • repair or replace faulty parts
  • retest the system to make sure everything is working correctly and safely - this may include road testing the vehicle
  • fill out a repair sheet listing the work you have done

Working environment

You could work at a garage or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a workshop supervisor or manager, or move into vehicle sales or marketing.

You could also set up your own business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Volkswagen Service Technician/Mechanic Apprentice

  • Wage: £10,982.40 Annually
  • Location: Epsom

Ford Light Vehicle Apprentice - Halesowen

  • Wage: £11,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Halesowen

Courses In England

L2 Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Operations Diploma Level 2

  • Provider: The Manchester College
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Manchester

IMI Level 2 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Chippenham

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