Car Manufacturing Worker

Job Description:

Car manufacturing workers build motor vehicles by assembling parts on a production line.

Job Category:
Automotive & Aviation

What you will do:

Your duties will depend on which part of the production line you work on. You could be:

  • taking delivery of parts from suppliers
  • operating presses that shape metal sheets and components
  • fixing the engine and frame to the vehicle chassis
  • assembling other parts using robotic welders and hand tools
  • controlling paint spraying machinery
  • fitting interiors, wiring, lights, dashboards and windscreens
  • moving finished vehicles to storage areas ready for shipping
  • carrying out quality checks at each stage of production, using digital readouts and manual inspections


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • 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 work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands (creative skills)
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • concentration skills
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a Car Manufacturing Worker, specific qualifications may not be mandatory, as entry-level positions in car manufacturing often require minimal educational prerequisites. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career in this field and may make you a more attractive candidate. Here are some relevant subjects:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are essential for various tasks in car manufacturing, such as measuring, calculating dimensions, and working with production schedules.
  2. Science: Courses in science, particularly physics, can provide insights into the principles of mechanics, electricity, and materials that are relevant in the automotive industry.
  3. Design and Technology (Optional): Courses in design and technology can introduce you to manufacturing processes, materials, and basic engineering principles.
  4. Engineering (Optional): If available, courses in engineering can provide a foundational understanding of mechanical systems and manufacturing techniques.
  5. Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Basic computer skills are valuable, as car manufacturing often involves the use of computer-controlled machinery and production systems.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include a Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing Technology or a Level 3 in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.

You could do a lean manufacturing operative intermediate apprenticeship.

You may also be able to do an advanced apprenticeship in vehicle upholstery with certain luxury car manufacturers.

Some car manufacturing companies take on trainees, so you can learn the skills you need on the job.

Direct Application
You could apply directly for a job as a car manufacturing worker. You may find it useful if you have experience in production manufacturing, tyre or exhaust fitting, vehicle maintenance or upholstery. Many car makers offer in-house training.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work at a car manufacturing plant.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience and further training, you could become a team supervisor, quality control technician or workshop section leader.

You could also train to work as a maintenance engineer, servicing and repairing the production line machinery.