What to Know about an Automotive Electrician Career

If working with cars and vehicles is your forte, a career as an automotive electrician could be ideal for you. The automotive business is a rapidly growing and in-demand industry of which keeps cars, trucks, lorries and other vehicles running as they should.

Without the skills of an automotive electrician, vehicles would break down often and require extensive work, and money, to fix. Are you considering a career as an automotive electrician? Here’s everything you need to know.

How to get Work

Automotive electricians fit and repair electrical and electronic systems in motor vehicles. Mechanics and dealerships need automotive electricians with a variety of skills, and students can be trained via apprenticeships.

Day in the Life

The average day of an automotive electrician can be varied; they work with multiple aspects of a car that relate to the electrical wiring system. Automotive electricians will work with computer engine management systems, of which can help to diagnose issues within the vehicle. Once the electrician knows what the issue is, they can work to repair it.

Some parts of a vehicle that include electrical parts include:

  • Ignition
  • Airbags
  • Air conditioning
  • Radios
  • Anti-theft systems
  • Cruise Control
  • & more

With a dramatic increase of energy efficient vehicles recently, automotive electricians must learn how to improve a vehicles electrical system whilst also improving its overall efficiency. An automotive electrician with these skills are highly sought after. Automotive electricians are also in charge of testing the vehicle to ensure new or improved parts have been correctly installed.

It is important for automotive electricians to have knowledge in using tools and equipment; power and hand tools will often be needed on an average working day. Some projects may even require soldering and welding. If you enjoy variety in your career, becoming an automotive electrician is ideal.

At S&B Automotive Academy, we offer work-based apprenticeships for automotive electricians. All you need to apply for this apprenticeship is a GCSE grade A*-D (or equivalent) in English and Maths. Interested in starting your career with S&B? Get in touch today by giving us a call on 0117 953 3001 or via our contact page.