Automotive Electrician


Automotive electricians install, maintain, identify faults and repair electrical wiring and computer-based equipment in motor vehicles and related equipment, such as caravans, trailers, earthmoving equipment, mining equipment, marine applications and agricultural equipment.

Duties & Tasks

Automotive electricians may perform the following tasks:

  • work with computer-controlled engine management systems
  • service, identify and repair faults on electronically controlled vehicle systems such as electronic fuel injection, electronic ignition, anti-lock braking, cruise control, automatic transmission, airbags and air conditioning
  • install electrical equipment such as gauges, lighting, alternators and starter motors in vehicles
  • install electrically operated accessories such as radios, heating or demisting equipment, air conditioners, driving lamps and anti-theft systems
  • refer to circuit diagrams, and use meters and test instruments to find electrical faults
  • adjust engine control systems and timing to ensure vehicles are running at peak performance
  • test, recondition and replace faulty alternators, generators, starter motors and related items such as voltage regulators and batteries
  • repair or replace faulty ignition, electrical wiring, fuses, lamps and switches
  • use hand tools, specialised electrical tools, instruments and machines, including drills, grinders, presses and lathes
  • solder or weld when repairing electrical parts
  • sell and install electrical parts and accessories
  • install, repair and service air conditioning systems.

Working Conditions

Automotive electricians are usually required to wear protective clothing. They may have contact with customers.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to approach work in a systematic and thorough way
  • able to keep up to date with technological changes
  • aptitude for technical activities.

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