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

Also known as: Automotive Electrical Fitter.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in automotive electrical technology  is needed to work as an Automotive Electrician.

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

All Automotive Electricians

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 6,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Automotive Electricians (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 6,100 in 2018 to 6,000 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Automotive Electricians work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Mining; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Automotive Electricians in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Automotive Electricians.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20088000
20098600
20107800
201110100
20127200
20138300
201410100
20159200
20168800
20176600
20186100
20236000

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services64.4
Mining12.1
Manufacturing5.9
Construction4.3
Other Industries13.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAutomotive ElectriciansAll Jobs Average
NSW25.131.6
VIC18.325.6
QLD25.620.0
SA6.67.0
WA20.410.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.11.0
ACT0.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAutomotive ElectriciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.7-5.05.0
20-2413.2-9.39.3
25-3427.3-22.922.9
35-4421.8-22.022.0
45-5418.6-21.621.6
55-597.2-9.09.0
60-644.8-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAutomotive ElectriciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV84.0-21.121.1
Year 126.7-18.118.1
Year 112.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.3-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in automotive electrical technology  is needed to work as an Automotive Electrician.

Membership with the Motor Trades Association of Australia may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    69% Skill level

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

  2. Computers and Electronics

    62% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    60% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    52% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Education and Training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and 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.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being Exact or Accurate

    94% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  2. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    93% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  3. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

    93% Important

    How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

  4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    93% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  5. Exposed to Contaminants

    91% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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