Automotive Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring and electronic components in motor vehicles.

A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and most Automotive Electricians have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • using test equipment to locate electrical and electronic malfunctions
  • dismantling and removing electrical and electronic assemblies and components
  • installing electrical equipment and electronic components in motor vehicles
  • connecting power-operated vehicle equipment and accessories to power supply
  • 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
  • replacing defective parts such as fuses, lamps and switches

Job Titles

  • Automotive Electrician, or Automotive Electrical Fitter

    Fast Facts

    • $1,044 Weekly Pay
    • 6,500 workers Employment Size
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • Higher unemployment Unemployment
    • 96.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44.8 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 4.5% female Gender Share

    The number of Automotive Electricians fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
    from 6,500 in 2017 to 6,400 by 2022.
    There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
    • Location: Automotive Electricians work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland or Western Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Manufacturing; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,044 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (96.5%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44.8 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 4.5% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    There have been shortages of Automotive Electricians for a number of years. In 2016, employers in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia found it hard to fill vacancies for Automotive Electricians. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20076500
    20088100
    20098700
    20108000
    201110300
    20127500
    20138500
    201410400
    20159200
    20169000
    20176500
    20226400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsAutomotive ElectriciansAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10441230

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services49.2
    Manufacturing15.9
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing8.7
    Public Administration and Safety7.9
    Other Industries18.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAutomotive ElectriciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW12.531.6
    VIC20.826.2
    QLD39.419.7
    SA4.06.7
    WA19.010.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT2.01.1
    ACT0.01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAutomotive ElectriciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-197.9-5.25.2
    20-2413.3-9.99.9
    25-3418.8-23.623.6
    35-4427.6-21.721.7
    45-5415.5-20.820.8
    55-599.9-8.88.8
    60-646.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.7-4.04.0

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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    A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and most Automotive Electricians have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Automotive Electricians who are reliable, work well in a team and who work hard.

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      82% Important

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Computers and Electronics

      81% Important

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      71% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Mathematics

      71% Important

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. English Language

      66% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-2096.00 - Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

    Activities

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    1. Getting Information

      95% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      91% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

    3. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

      91% Important

      Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

    4. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

      90% Important

      Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

    5. Handling and Moving Objects

      88% Important

      Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-2096.00 - Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles.

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