Auto electrician

Auto electricians fit and repair the electrics in motor vehicles.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

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

College

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this career through an intermediate apprenticeship in vehicle maintenance and repair.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate 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

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
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • persistence and determination
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

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

Day-to-day tasks

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

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

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Automotive Apprentice

  • Wage : £155.40 Weekly
  • Location: Ringwood BH24 4EB

Light Vehicle Apprentice Technician Level 3

  • Wage : £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Rake GU31 5DU

Courses In England

Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance (Maintenance, Diploma, Motor Vehicle, Service, Repair )

  • Provider: Barking & Dagenham College
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Romford

Vehicle Maintenance - Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles - Level 3

  • Provider: EAST KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Dover

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