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