Automotive Electrician

Automotive Electricians perform a variety of tasks associated with electronic mechanisms in automobiles. They install, repair and operate electrical wiring and devices and should have knowledge of electrical systems and operations.

Duties and tasks

  • Identify electrical malfunctions or damages using observation and testing tools
  • Inspect electronic and other components in the car, such as generators, volt regulators, motors, etc.
  • Monitor and repair deficiencies in electrical wiring, fuses, lights and ignition
  • Operate and ensure successful operation of engine control mechanisms
  • Organise and install electronic mechanisms and electrical wiring in automobiles
  • Take apart electronic devices and components to repair replace faulty parts
  • Unite vehicle appliances and accessories to electrical power supply to ensure successful operations

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Manual Agility
  • Precision
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Strong Attention to Detail

Working conditions

Automotive Electricians typically work Mondays to Fridays but may be required to work evenings or weekends if maintenance or installations are scheduled or if an emergency arises. They usually work in auto shops and automobile production sites, and may need to do light travelling to repair vehicles.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Motor Industry Federation 

Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia 

Fair Trading NSW 

The Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers 

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