Automotive careers

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The Automotive industry employs 12,600 South Australians, which is 1.5% of the State’s workforce.

More than 2,000 jobs are expected to open up over the next five years due to industry growth and replacement of people who will retire.

Not surprisingly, most of the people working in the Automotive industry repair and maintain vehicles, mostly cars and trucks.

There are jobs everywhere in South Australia, but most of the jobs are in the northern and southern metropolitan areas.

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Automotive careers

  1. 1. AutomotiveEmployment prospects Quick facts about this industry If you are at schoolThe Automotive industry employs • Almost everyone works full-time. For vocational education in SACE, ask your12,600 South Australians, which is VET coordinator at school, and visit1.5% of the State’s workforce. • The majority of people have a Certificate III qualification or higher. www.sace.sa.edu.au to check the VET recognition register. Check the followingMore than 2,000 jobs are expected to open • ost workers in this industry are men – but there is a growing number M industries to see which qualifications can beup over the next five years due to industry of women and plenty of opportunities. recognised in the SACE. Some of thegrowth and replacement of people who will Certificate III qualifications may be availableretire. Not surprisingly, most of the peopleworking in the Automotive industry repair and • eople working in the Automotive industry are generally younger than P for Training Guarantee for SACE Students.maintain vehicles, mostly cars and trucks. in other industries. • Automotive If you are thinking about VET,There are jobs everywhere in South Australia, • o work in this industry you need to be physically fit, enjoy working T vocational qualifications include:but most of the jobs are in the northern with hand tools and solving mechanical problems. • Certificate I in Automotiveand southern metropolitan areas. • ertificate II and III in Automotive Administration C • he majority of Motor Mechanics, Auto Electricians and Panel Beaters T • Certificate II and III in Bicycles earn between $400 and $800 per week. • ertificate II and III in Automotive C Mechanical or Electrical Technology • ertificate III in Automotive C Retail, Service and Repair • Certificate II and III in Marine • Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma in Motorsport • ertificate IV and Diploma in C Automotive Management • ertificate IV and Diploma in C Top job openings Automotive Technology Motor Mechanics • ertificate IV in Automotive C Vehicle Painters Performance Enhancement. Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers For more information about the qualifications Automotive Electricians and where to go, check the job guide: Panel Beaters www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au Check www.skills.sa.gov.au to see what courses are available under Skills for All.skills.sa.gov.au 1800 506 266 16
  2. 2. If you are thinking about university, Motor Mechanics may progress to positions Occupations in this industry include:degrees include: such as service manager, service adviser, Automotive Electricians• Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) technical sales representative, technical Brake Mechanics officer or diagnostic specialist. Engine ReconditionersCheck the three South Australian university Motor Mechanics.websites and South Australian Tertiary Occupations in this industry include:Admissions Centre (SATAC) listed at the front Panel beaters Motor Mechanicsof this guide. For more information about the Panel beaters repair damage to metal, Automotive Air-conditioningqualifications and where to go, check the job plastic and fibreglass bodywork on Fittersguide: www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au vehicles. They also make and form vehicle Engine Reconditioners panels using machines or hand tools. Brake MechanicsOccupations in this industry Automotive Electricians Occupations in this industry include:Light vehicles Car DetailersMotor Mechanics for light vehicles service, Panel Beaters Bicycle Mechanicsrepair and overhaul the mechanical parts Vehicle Painters Marine Mechanics.of motor vehicles, such as the engine, the Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers. Heavy vehiclestransmission (clutch, gear box and differential), A Motor Mechanic for heavy vehicles repairsand the suspension systems (springs, maintains and tests heavy vehicles, other enginessteering, brakes, wheels and tyres). Occupations in this and related mechanical components. ThisWith the changes in automotive technology, involves diagnosing, overhauling, repairing, industry link to the:there are now more electronic controls and tuning, maintaining and testing diesel and • Transport and Storage industrycomputers fitted to vehicles. As a result, Motor petrol/gas-powered vehicles, including trucks, • Metals and Engineering industryMechanics are becoming more specialised buses, bulldozers and other earthmoving • Mining industryand technical in their areas of work. equipment, tractors, stationary engines • Manufacturing industry Need more info? (eg generators, pumps, compressors andMotor Mechanics may specialise as • Agriculture and Fishing industry. drilling rigs) and agricultural machinery. Manufacturing Skills AustraliaAutomotive Air-conditioning Fitters, Brake www.makeit.net.auMechanics or Automotive Electricians. Mechanics for heavy vehicles are more likely to be working in country areas. Manufacturing Industry Skills Advisory Council They may also specialise as breakdown – Automotive careersservice patrol officers who give www.makeit.net.au/01_start_out_pathways.phpemergency mechanical assistance to Manufacturing Industry Skills Advisory Council members of an automobile association. - Infosheets www.makeit.net.au/01_start_out_infosheets.html www.thejoboutlook.gov.au www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.auCareer information about specific occupations has been sourced from www.myfuture.com.au and industry skills bodies. South Australian labour marketinformation has been sourced from ABS Catalogue 6291.0.55.003 Labour Force, average of 4 quarters to November quarter 2011. South Australianinformation on Age, Region and Income has been sourced from the Australian Census of Population and Housing 2006. Job Openings information is sourced 17from the South Australian Training and Skills Commission, (unpublished) 2011.© Copyright 2012 Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills

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