Automotive Electrician
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay for automotive technicians varies depending on experience, the type of vehicle they specialise in, and the region they work in.

  • Automotive electricans with no formal qualification usually earn between minimum wage and $24 an hour.
  • Qualified automotive electricians usually earn between $20 and $40 an hour.
  • Senior automotive electricians, or those working in supervisory positions, can earn up to $44 an hour.
  • Source : MTA, 'Repairer Salary and Wage Survey Results', 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Automotive electricians may do some or all of the following :

  • test automotive electrical systems to find and fix faults
  • repair and replace automotive electrical systems such as charging and starting systems
  • repair and replace electronic systems such as engine-management systems, air-conditioning systems, ABS brakes, electronically controlled gearboxes, instrument panels and vehicle computers
  • install car security and entertainment systems.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Automotive electricians need to have knowledge of :

  • automotive electronics, electrical theory and circuit diagrams
  • vehicle components
  • basic engineering
  • basic vehicle mechanics.
  • Working conditions

    Automotive electricians :

  • usually work regular business hours but may also work overtime and be on call
  • work in garages and workshops
  • may travel locally to repair vehicles that have broken down.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become an automotive electrician. However, employers usually prefer you to have a qualification and full driver's licence for the type of vehicle you are working on.

    Industry training organisation MITO oversees automotive electrician apprenticeships.

    To become a qualified automotive electrician, you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4).

    This was previously the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 4).

    Secondary education

    No specific secondary education is required for this job, but NCEA Level 1 with a minimum of 12 numeracy credits and 12 literacy credits is useful.

    For Year 11 to 13 students, the Ignition and Accelerate StartUp programmes run by MITO are a good way to gain industry experience.

    StartUp students can gain :

  • up to 42 NCEA credits
  • practical work experience
  • a National Certificate in Motor Industry Foundation Skills (Level 1).
  • These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

    Personal requirements

    Automotive electricians need to be :

  • accurate and logical
  • methodical and patient
  • safety-conscious.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for automotive electricians includes :

  • any work with vehicles
  • electrical or mechanical work
  • Physical requirements

    Automotive electricians need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and normal colour vision. They also need to be agile and have good flexibility for working in small spaces.

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