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Find Out If You Can Get Onboard With A Career In The Automotive Industry:

Working in the Automotive industry will mean that you’ll need to retain old knowledge, but continuously learn as new technology consistently makes its way into the automotive industry. 

Skills you’ll need for a career in the Automotive industry are manual dexterity, physical strength, the ability to problem solve and a sense of responsibility concerning workplace health and safety and for your duties to the public by ensuring that vehicles are safe.

You can expect to dismantle and rebuild engine parts, replacing worn parts,  test and diagnose problems, resolve the issues and make sure that the vehicles or machinery you work with are safe. 

Job Opportunities

If you like the sound of a career in the Automotive industry, here are a few more facts (taken from Payscale) that will seal the deal for you!

  • This industry has been growing fast over the past five years (perhaps due to new technology). It’s now predicted to be stable, but it’s a huge industry with plenty of opportunities.
  • The unemployment rate is below average.
  • Qualifications will be required to work in this industry.
  • Salaries can average approximately AU $50,000 depending upon position, experience and location.

Types of Courses

You’ll need to hold a Certificate III to IV to enter into this industry.  Which can be obtained while undertaking on the job training. 

Short Courses:

A short course will help you understand precisely what is involved in a variety of different positions within the Automotive Industry, helping you to figure out what you enjoy, and to decide on what type of position you’d like to do.  Short courses will also help you stand out from the crowd when interviewing for on the job training. 

Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.

Certificate I Courses:  

There are a variety of Certificate I courses, that cover different areas of the Automotive Industry.  They usually take around five weeks to complete and are perfect for working up to the Certificate II courses. 

Certificate II Courses:

A Certificate II in the Automotive Industry starts to encourage employers to take you more seriously.  You’ll learn the basics required so that you can be proficient in your role as a trainee. 

Certificate III Courses:

This qualification is a more detailed qualification which will teach you all of the skills required to proficiently work under supervision in a responsible position within the automotive industry. 

Career Outcomes

There’s always going to be a need for vehicles, and transport, therefore an Automotive Career will ensure that you are working in a thriving industry.  A Mechanic or Mechanical Engineer are the most apparent positions that spring to mind when one mentions, but there are plenty of other jobs too, here are some of the typical positions you’ll find: 

  • Automotive Spare Parts Person
  • Light Vehicle Technician
  • Automotive Service Person
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Panel Beater
  • Motor Mechanic