Auto Electrician

Job Description:

Vehicle electricians fit and repair the electrics in motor vehicles.

Job Category:
Manufacturing & Electronics

What you will do:

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • taking readings, using a laptop or hand-held device connected to an engine’s electronic control unit
  • checking and testing wiring and parts in older vehicles using portable instruments
  • using readings to find faults
  • researching faults, using manufacturers’ circuit diagrams and manuals
  • repairing or replacing faulty parts
  • retesting the system to make sure everything is working correctly and safely (this may include road testing the vehicle)
  • filling out a repair sheet listing the work you have done

You’ll work with a variety of electronic systems including:

  • ignitions, alarms, immobilisers and tracking devices
    electric windows, mirrors and seats, towbar electrics and air-conditioning
  • customised LED or neon lighting kits, parking warning systems and reversing cameras

You’ll also deal with in-car phones, TV, and audio and DVD players.

You could specialise in light vehicles (cars, vans and motorcycles), heavy vehicles (lorries, buses and coaches), or one particular vehicle model if you work for a motor manufacturer.


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • problem-solving skills
  • persistence and determination (drive)
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Entry Requirements:

You could:

  • do a vehicle maintenance and repair college course that also covers auto electrical work
  • get into this career through an apprenticeship

You may need a driving licence that includes LGV (lorries) or PCV (buses), if you work with these vehicles.

Autocity has more information about becoming an auto electrician.

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

You might have to work shifts or be on-call.

You’ll be based in a garage or workshop. If your job includes call-out duties, you’ll also work outside in all weather conditions.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could progress to be a supervisor or manager, or move into vehicle sales or marketing.

You could also set up your own business.