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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Automotive diagnostic equipment

    The equipment used to examine automotive systems and components.

  • Types of vehicles

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

  • 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 of motor vehicles

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

  • 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.

  • Electricity

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

Skills

  • Install car electronics

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

  • Fasten components

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

  • Carry out improvised vehicle repairs

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

  • Use automotive diagnostic equipment

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

  • Read standard blueprints

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

  • Perform vehicle diagnostic procedures

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Repair vehicle's electrical equipment

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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