New South Wales / ACT
(Automotive Electrical Fitter, Car Electrician, Automotive Electrical Mechanic)
Repairing wiring within an ignition
To become an automotive electrician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Automotive Electrical Technology. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Under the Motor Vehicle Repairs Act 1980, automotive electricians in NSW must be certified by NSW Fair Trading (www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au).
Automotive electricians work for automotive electrical specialists, motor vehicle repairers, large transport firms and vehicle dealerships. They may work either in motor vehicles themselves, at work benches repairing parts, or providing mobile and roadside repairs.
With the increasing use of electronically controlled systems, the regular updating of skills and knowledge is essential. Computerised diagnostic equipment training and expertise in advancing systems (such as electronic fuel injection and vehicle management) are vital.