Pay for automotive technicians varies depending on experience, the type of vehicle they specialise in, and the region they work in.
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 :
Skills and knowledge
Automotive electricians need to have knowledge of :
Automotive electricians :
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).
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 :
These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.
Automotive electricians need to be :
Useful experience for automotive electricians includes :
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.