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Build practical skills for an in-demand profession and start an exciting new career by studying an automotive course.
What do automotive graduates do?
After completing an automotive course, you may choose to work as an automotive electrician or a motor mechanic. If you choose to work as an automotive electrician, you may perform tasks like:
- Testing and locating electrical issues and malfunctioning systems in cars;
- Dismantling and removing electrical components;
- Installing electrical equipment and electronic components in cars;
- Connecting power-operated vehicle equipment and accessories to power supplies;
- Adjusting engine control systems and timing;
- Testing and replacing defective alternators, generators, voltage regulators and starter motors;
- Repairing and replacing faulty ignition and electrical wiring; and
- Replacing defective parts such as fuses, lamps and switches.
If you choose to study to work as a motor mechanic, you’ll likely work with small engines and motor machinery, performing tasks like:
- Investigating engines and parts to detect faults;
- Removing and dismantling engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components;
- Checking, repairing and replacing worn and defective parts;
- Performing scheduled maintenance services, including oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups;
- Reassembling repaired parts and engines;
- Testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired; and
- Inspecting vehicles and issuing certificates of roadworthiness.
You’ll enjoy working in the automotive industry if you:
- Love problem-solving
- Enjoy focused work
- Enjoy practical work
- Are highly proactive and disciplined
- Can work well independently
- Have excellent time management and organisational skills
- Can work well with a team
- Can work responsively
- Cam communicate clearly and succinctly
- Work well under pressure
- Enjoy dynamic and fast-paced work
- Enjoy customer service
- Are interested in cars and machinery
The automotive industry in Australia is an extremely large and growing sector, with roles available all over the country, according to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook.
Currently employing approximately 100,700 mechanics and approximately 10,900 automotive electricians, the sector has been growing steadily over the last decade and is expected to stabilise by 2020 to employ approximately 98,100 mechanics and 10,700 electricians
According to PayScale, an automotive mechanic can expect to earn between $33,000 and $67,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $50,000.
PayScale notes a positive relationship between experience and earning capacity, with more experienced mechanics earning higher salaries; however, entry-level mechanics can still expect to earn a competitive salary of approximately $43,000 per year.