Profession automotive electrician

Automotive electricians install, maintain and repair electrical and electronic systems in motor vehicles such as air conditioning systems, lamps, radios, heating systems, batteries, electrical wiring and alternators. They use diagnostic testing equipment to inspect vehicles and find faults. To do repair work, they use hand tools and specialised electrical instruments and machines.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Mechanics of motor vehicles

    The way energy forces interact and affect components in motor vehicles such as cars, buses, invalid carriages and other motorised vehicles. 

  • Car controls

    The functioning of specific car equipment such as how to operate and handle the clutch, throttle, lighting, instrumentation, transmission and the brakes.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Vehicle electrical systems

    Know vehicle electrical systems, including components such as the battery, starter, and alternator. The battery provides energy to the starter. The alternator provides the battery the energy it requires to power the vehicle. Understand the interplay of these components to resolve malfunctions.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Electrical wiring plans

    Pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. It shows the components of the circuit as simplified shapes, and the power and signal connections between the devices. It gives information about the relative position and arrangement of devices and terminals on the devices, to help in building or servicing the device. A wiring diagram is often used to troubleshoot problems and to make sure that all the connections have been made and that everything is present.

  • Automotive diagnostic equipment

    The equipment used to examine automotive systems and components.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Types of vehicles

    Field of information which distinguishes rental agency classification systems, containing types and classes of vehicles and their functioning and components.

Skills

  • Inspect for faults in the vehicle's electric system

    Search for flaws in a vehicle's electric system; understand manufacturer's circuit diagrams and specification manuals.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Perform vehicle diagnostic procedures

    Perform diagnostic procedures on vehicle systems; determine and perform all required repair and maintenance operations.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Install car electronics

    Place electrically operated accessories in vehicles such as batteries which power heating systems, radios and anti-theft systems.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Use specialised tools in electric repairs

    Use of a variety of specialised tools, instruments and machines, such as presses, drills and grinders; employ them to carry out repairs in a safety manner.

  • Use automotive diagnostic equipment

    Use diagnostic equipment to perform test on motor vehicles, components and systems to detect defects.

  • Repair vehicle's electrical equipment

    Repair and replace electrical equipment inside vehicles, such as lighting and air conditioning systems.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Carry out improvised vehicle repairs

    Identify mechanical/technical car problems; perform improvised or intermediate repairs on vehicles; take into account individual customer requests.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Perform manual work autonomously

    Show the ability to pursue basic manual tasks without the help or assistance of others, not needing supervision or guidance, and taking responsibility for one's actions.

  • Install automotive electrical equipment

    Place electrical circuits and wiring in vehicles such as lighting and voltage gauges. These distribute and regulate electrical power and supply it to meters and other devices in the car.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply soldering techniques diagnose defective engines battery chemistry perform road testing test electronic units battery fluids battery components clean vehicle exterior position vehicles for maintenance and repair provide customer follow-up services install transport equipment batteries conduct performance tests drive vehicles ensure customer focus repair battery components write records for repairs operate battery test equipment install transport equipment lighting create technical plans maintain electrical engines maintain vehicle records maintain electrical equipment keep stock records identify customer's needs operate soldering equipment execute vehicle maintenance repair vehicle electrical systems

Common job titles

  • Multiple oconus positions - clearance required
  • Automotive electrician
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  • Rotating electrical maintenance technician
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  • Maintenance electrical technician / automotive plant
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